Martin’s Blog 15th August

Cooler today and although most of the team just did one steady canter we schooled a few around the loop. These were Primogeniture, Matravers, City Never Sleeps, Hartshorne Abbie, Oscar World, Somewhere To Be, Solstice Star and Mister Valentine.

We welcomed two new people to the team earlier in the week. Jasmin Richards and Paddy Berkins both joined us and already seem to have fitted in well. A big welcome to them and also a welcome back to our Yardman Lucjan Wirth who always has an extended summer holiday to catch up with his family. He is so useful and does so much around the yard that we were all counting down the days until he was back and his to-do list is pretty long!

Three runners this evening at Worcester. Dr Dunraven kicks off proceedings for our Martin Keighley Racing Club under Andrew Tinkler and the partnership have already won twice this season. Back down in trip to 2 miles and with course and distance form, back after a short summer holiday in the field he should go very close and give them all something to shout about again.

Forecast is our middle runner for the E,G&B Partnership and he has been given time after his seasonal debut as he’d been off a long time before then. He has schooled well at home and seems in good heart and I think he’ll run better than his odds suggest. The cooler temperature will suit him as he’s a free sweater and always busy and on the move. Tom Bellamy partners him and gets on well with him.

Finally Cul De Poule has Andrew Tinkler on board and runs for Roger and Yvonne Allsop. He needs to improve on his hurdling debut to trouble the fancied horses but the brush hurdles should suit him and he seems a lot more relaxed at home. He’s had a minor wind operation since that last run and we hope it will help him today.

On a busy month of birthdays for us here, we’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to one of our owners, HRH The Princess Royal.

Finally, do have a read of Jon Hughes’ latest Owners for Owners Blog and, indeed, his 150th Blog since they started in 2012 – always a very good read – click HERE