Martin’s Blog 15th January

Frustratingly two intended runners at Lingfield today are now down to one runner with Oscar World’s blood results not returning normal and vet Jeremy Swan advising not to run and her therefore becoming a non-runner this morning. As I say, frustrating.

We still run Primogeniture for our Martin Keighley Racing Club with our Amateur Paddy Berkins on board. He’s not managed to get his head in front yet but it looks a wide open race and we are hopeful for a good run for Paddy and our Club.

Talking of Jeremy Swan – we were surprised to bump into him at Heathrow Airport late last week – he was en route to vet a horse in France and we were en route to Switzerland where we’ve returned from an enjoyable long weekend staying with Paul Davis, who runs our Racing Club and many of our partnerships, and who works and lives in Switzerland. As always Paul has looked after myself, Belinda and the boys superbly and not only kindly put us up but collected and delivered us from the airport and also organised which resorts had the best skiing and weather each day. We’ve all nicknamed him St Paul of the Piste and he more than lives up to that title and just a few days away felt like a lovely long break! Obviously much of the talk was racing so we were able to hit the ground running again on our return. Too much snow to ski on Sunday meant a trip to a Chocolate Factory and it wasn’t only the boys who loved that!

Good news that Harry Stock’s collarbone injury is mending well – he’s been doing plenty of work at Oaksey House. So many jockey injuries at the moment – I’ve never known a time like it and wish them all well.