Martin’s Blog 19th July

Much needed rain today and getting heavier – we do need it but it’s not much fun to work in. We took delivery of a new and much larger water bowser from Merrick Loggin yesterday which will be very useful in the summer months in particular and also for watering the schooling ground if we have dry spells over the winter.

Primogeniture ran another solid race at Uttoxeter on Wednesday to finish 4th for our Racing Club. The ground had been watered well and it therefore was far too soft for us to run Lord Condi, which was very disappointing for his connections, but he hasn’t handled it before so there was no point running. Back to the programme book for him…

I had planned to be at Worcester last night with runners but the meeting switched to Ffos Las so I earned brownie points at home as we didn’t run and I was able to attend Freddie’s Year 6 Leavers’ Service in the stunning Temple Guiting Church followed by the Annual End of Term Picnic. The service was very moving – the children shared their memories of their years at their very special primary school and there weren’t many dry eyes!

The school field is in an idylic location with views of a certain Jonjo O’Neills’ Gallops in the distance. It’s a great celebration of the year and my boys always look forward to the Parents vs Kids football match afterwards which usually lasts till dark. Both boys were thrilled to score a goal, I didn’t, and the Kids’ team won but it was great fun. Freddie moves on to The Cotswold Academy in September after 7 amazing years at Temple Guiting and hopefully a fun summer holiday in between.

A busy morning in the office sorting out this weekend’s runners. On Sunday at Stratford on Avon it’s ‘Syndicate Sunday’ where the RSA are aiming to highlight the fun, and success too, to be had as part of a syndicate in a racehorse. It should be a fantastic day so do come along if you aren’t too far away as there will be plenty to see and do and great racing no doubt too.



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