Martin’s Blog 14th July

A week on since 14 year old Mr Mafia’s fabulous win at Newton Abbot and he’s in top form and we are so grateful for all the messages of congratulations. He was even sent a rug by Equine Products UK which was so kind of them. He has carrots arriving from another fan soon too.. Next Tuesday he has a date at the Newlands Care Home that he visited a few times last summer and I know they’ll all love meeting him again.

We celebrated our Silver Wedding Anniversary on Tuesday and took the boys to The Fish in Broadway for a celebratory supper. Belinda was a little frustrated I worked all day but there is always lots to do!

No runners this week but lots has been happening in the yard and with a few new team members joining us recently we had a Team BBQ on Thursday night after evening stables which was great fun. I cooked for them all and Freddie & Harry played some footie with some of the lads whilst the rest of us just chilled out and had a fun evening. Always great to get us together.

Torrential rain yesterday which we need but not as much fun riding out it in. Mild here still though but it would be great to have a bit of summer now especially as Harry has his 13th birthday this weekend and could do with some sunshine for his sleepover! Freddie rides at Ascot today in a Pony Race too so good luck to him.

Horses coming back in from their summer holidays. Kauto Castillo and a gelding by Idaho arrived into work from Martin Jones’ pre-training yard earlier in the week and great to have Zestful, Massima Bella and a new mare by Telescope who we will syndicate out in from Blythe Park Stud yesterday.

Paul Davis & David Maughan in the yard yesterday to look at the horses and have a catch up. Ollie & Irene Ryan joined us for supper at The Halfway at Kineton last night which was fun and absolutely delicious. We can highly recommend supper there so do go if you are nearby. They have rooms too.

Matthew Baker in this morning to watch Brianna Rose work who has entries at Worcester and Newton Abbot coming up.



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