Martin’s Blog 19th March

Wow…what a difference a few days makes. Solstice Star’s awesome win last Saturday now seems a lifetime away. Our season finished and it was a tough one with the soft ground not suiting most of ours causing so many to have a long winter holiday to crack on with through April and May…..not now for April anyway, let’s hope we can in May but we’ll see.

Back On The Lash winning at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day was one of the highlights and Mr Mafia bouncing back to form again last summer to win three times. Every winner is special and it was great to train HRH The Princess Royal two more winners with her homebred Chequered View – she has the bragging rights over daughter Zara although her mare Cut And Run won at Bangor and both her and her bumper filly Run A Rig are horses I’m looking forward to for the summer….if and when it’s back on.

The Team here understandably concerned but we are working out how we can keep them on going forward to do all we can to ensure we’ll all come out the other side much stronger….

So much support from our owners so massive thank you to them and also to all of you who have sent such supportive and warm messages for us all here – I know we are all in the same boat with the uncertainty that surrounds us all.

My boys thrilled to be finishing school tomorrow evening although both schools look to have sorted out quite a full and comprehensive ‘normal’ schedule of online lessons – obviously Freddie’s is far more in depth and we’ll see how we will juggle it all! They are fortunate to have so much outside space though and each other – plenty of football will be being played no doubt!

James Best here this morning for three lots and we schooled Miss Antipova and Reve over fences and both jumped well. We also took Capricia and Ten Past Midnight schooling at Jon Trice-Rolph’s yard and they both jumped very well. At the moment, with those still in training, life must go on hopeful that racing starts up as soon as 1st May. Uncertain and worrying times but we’re all in this together and once again we are so grateful for all your support.