Martin’s Blog 15th April

Another busy morning and we worked quite a few horses. Andrew Tinkler, Warren Marston, Lizzie Kelly and John Nicholson were all in and we worked Solstice Star, Ocean Eleven, Brillare Momento, Any Currency, Ballymountain Boy, Bobble Emerald, Double Chocolate, Brass Monkey, Thady Quil, Most Improved Filly, Madame Fiona, By Multiplex, Cup of Ambition, Somewhere To Be, Dr Dunraven, Forecast, Young Phoenix and By Robin Des Pres. All the rest cantered.

Emma Reed won a Champagne Breakfast and a morning on the gallops and brought her father Ro Reed and friend Rip Wilson. Sadly her mother couldn’t come but we’ve said she can certainly come and watch them another time. It’s such a small world as Emma’s father knows ‘Mr Williams’ Belinda’s very first primary school headmaster! Sadly we didn’t get any info on her behaviour!

Jo Stainer was in to cast an eye over Stable Star Any Currency ahead of Cheltenham next week when he bids to retain the race over the regulation fences there he won last April. He worked well under usual work rider Issy Mangan, fresh from her Camel Race riding double last weekend! Martin Keighley Racing Club member Ian Rawlings brought his family up to watch the horses on the gallops and daughter Ellie was taken by Somewhere To Be in particular.

I was woken early by a transporter to say that he was 3 miles away with a new 2 year old gelding who has come over from P J Colville in Ireland. As always, he’s done a fabulous job and he looks superb. Do come and have a look at him if you are interested in getting involved. His photo will be on the website soon.

Stratford Evening Meeting tonight with Dalton Glance who makes her debut over fences under Andrew Tinkler. She’s owned by PJ and Anne Maher and daughter Catherine Glazebrook and needs to step up on what she has shown recently to be in the frame. If she did manage to get her head in front then Belinda won’t be allowed to share the fabulous Easter Eggs Stratford are offering prize winners tonight as Catherine is her Cambridge Diet Consultant and will have her eyes on her!!

Belinda and the boys were Pony Racing at Cheltenham yesterday and the boys enjoyed watching lots of their friends racing. One of the most stylish winners was 9 year old Edward Vaughan, son of Trainer Tim, who beat his Dad to a Cheltenham winner as Belinda found out when she ran and congratulated him on training his first Cheltenham winner – a feat that has until now escaped him. Sadly the pony wasn’t trained by him! From the sounds of it though it certainly won’t be the last time Edward Vaughan rides a winner at our favourite course. Tim has generously offered a morning on the gallops to Belinda for her Auction at The Hollow Bottom in May.



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