Martin’s Blog 18th August

We are having a lovely few days in Salcombe with the family and, despite the good old English weather not really bringing us much sunshine so far, it’s a fabulous break none the less and super to catch up with a few friends too.

The Ferry Inn, Salcombe

Off they go Paddle Boarding

Jasmin, Ernie and the team at home keeping the show on the road and they are off to Worcester today with Dreamsundermyfeet who bids to make it four wins in a row in the Royal Equestrian Bedding Handicap Chase for his fabulous syndicate in Owners for Owners: Dreamer. He seems very well and retired Stable Jockey has ridden him in his last few pieces of work and is as happy with him as he has been earlier this season. He’s gone up another 5lbs for his 3rd win and therefore Ben Godfrey takes the ride and takes 5lbs off – he was in to ride him and school him over fences last week and is based with Anthony Honeyball where Jon Hughes, who runs his syndicate, also has horses trained so Jon was obviously keen to use him. Good luck to everyone. Worcester deserve a good afternoon of racing after their facilities were vandalised so horrendously a few days ago by mindless idiots.

Dreamer & Jasmin
Dreamer & James clear the last at Southwell

Mr Mafia ran another brave race in defeat on Monday at Bangor, jumping for fun under Sean Bowen to finish 3rd and delight his owner Peter Boggis whom he gives so much fun to. Sean absolutely loves Mafia and can’t wait to ride him again – it’s lovely to see how excited he is after a spin on him! Horses don’t have to be top class to be superstars. Unfortunately Ben Buie was disappointing and continues to be frustrating. He’s such a head scratcher as he’s very well at home and seems a different horse after a lovely long break. I’m not giving up yet!

Paul Davis brought friends Andy Payne and Eric Barford in to see the horses on the gallops today and especially watch James Best on She Has Notions (Nobby). There are still shares available in this very likeable individual. He’s been in work a few weeks since he arrived but is going out in the field for a short holiday now as he could do with putting on a bit of condition as the journey over from Ireland took a bit out of him.

Andy & Eric with She Has Notions (Nobby)

I’m thrilled to say that both Andy & Eric have decided to buy into Nobby – their first venture into racehorse ownership so we very much hope it’s a fun and successful one! Both longstanding friends of Paul’s having played Village cricket together for many years, they will know how diligent Paul is and I’m sure will be in no doubt how well informed about the horse and the yard they will be kept. We are proud to be part of the Racecourse Syndicate Association and, in addition to superb communication and access to the horse you are involved in with us, the syndicate finances are 100% transparent. Do get in touch if you’d like to find out more or, indeed, to visit us yourself.



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