Martin’s Blog 18th January 2022

We aren’t quite having the rub of the green at the moment and yesterday was the same with Breizh Alko at Chepstow when he was beaten into 2nd behind what looked a very well handicapped horse….some way ahead of the 3rd. However, it was a very good run from this 11 year old having only his 8th start but showing he still retains all his enthusiasm and ability. It was his 2nd run for us after 994 days off the track and a relief to say he’s A1 this morning. Obviously really pleased with him but owner David Parry and also Ernie, who works so hard on him at home, both deserved for him to get his head in front! Let’s hope the Handicapper doesn’t put our 11 year old up much as he’s fragile and we take one day at a time with him.

Culverwell was making his debut for us in the colours of The Stars and Stripes Racing Club run by Katie Frisby after two years off the track. He ran well for a long way in ground that was too tacky for him but they were thrilled to see him on the track and had a lovely day. He will ultimately need further and will find life easier when he has a handicap mark. They were delighted with how he looked and we always love receiving super messages after horses have run so thank you Katie. We will hopefully continue to have lots more fun.

Duke of Luckley also ran well for a long way and was in a good position entering the straight with no hurdles left to jump (low sun) but he faded quicker than he should have so, although he needs to strengthen up we will look at running him on better ground and also possibly have a look into his wind. He goes nicely at home and should be finishing his races better.

No visitors today but over the last few days we’ve seen David Maughan, Sponsor Neil Lloyd, Nigel McAllen and Paul Davis. It’s always lovely to have visitors so do get in touch to come and see the horses on the gallops.

An exciting new arrival at 1.30am (I know!) this morning but worth being woken up for (and I think I can speak for Belinda, Ernie – who lives next door and Freddie ..nothing wakes Harry up!) as the lorry wasn’t quiet unloading into our Isolation Yard! Spanish Present arrived from Ireland for David Maughan through Gerry Hogan and he looks lovely and had a leg stretch mid morning and seems to have a lovely attitude.

More great news is that Capricia arrived home from the Vets this morning too. Great to have her back into the capable veterinary hands of Ernie who looks after all our horses’ veterinary needs and we’ll all give her plenty of TLC too. Thanks so much to all at Bourton Vale who did such a superb job fixing her back together again and giving her lots of love as well.



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