Martin’s Blog 17th May

Spectators are back on racecourses, hugging is allowed again, we’re allowed indoor pubs & restaurants – not just your usual Monday! All fantastic news and let’s hope we not only don’t have anymore set-backs but that Racecourses are sensible and allow as many owners as they can – so many horses are owned in syndicates that we need to make as many badges available as possible.

Our favourite hugs – those after a Cheltenham Winner!

After the second warmest April on records we are surely set for one of, if not the wettest Mays on record – I know we have needed the rain but with the huge downpours we are having and 48 hour declarations (instead of 24 hour) it’s making life more difficult. I pulled Capricia out of her intended run at Uttoxeter on Saturday but, although it wasn’t too soft for the two we ran – Eclat Des Mottes and Be Thankful – it wasn’t ideal. Eclat Des Mottes ran and jumped for fun but found the 2m 6f too far on that ground and Be Thankful was just too keen on the softening ground and didn’t give herself a chance to get home. She’ll have a hood back on next time probably. Both are A1 since their runs.

Ernie & Eclat. Ernie ran a marathon yesterday & was sound today!

We haven’t any runners until Wednesday now where we have a busy night at Southwell with Witness Protection, Pinnacle Peak, Capricia and Goldie’s Lovingit so it’s great to have owners back for that evening to come and support them.

My brother, Bob, is cycling throughout May raising money for Prostate Cancer Research. He’s already passed his original aim of 100 miles and now aims to cycle 218 miles which is the distance from Leeds to London by bike. Do have a read through his sponsorship page and support him if you can for such a worthwhile cause by clicking HERE.

Keeping it in the family, it’s my mum’s birthday today so a very big happy birthday to her. We will catch up early next month after our 2nd Covid’s jabs have kicked in! We can’t wait.

Mum & Dad – nearly a year ago since we saw them.



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