Martin’s Blog 1st August

What a weekend of sport with a superb F1 race yesterday but most importantly wasn’t it fantastic watching the Lionesses bring it home last night – I have loved watching the whole tournament and yesterday’s final was brilliant. We are heading to the Commonwealth Games today … to watch the Beach Volleyball! Something very different and watching both a mens game as well as a womens game – Belinda keeping us all happy! Will be an experience I’m sure!

Two runners at Market Rasen yesterday and both under Finn Lambert. Codey Jones struggling to go right handed so we’ll return to left handed tracks with him. Poor Herecomeshogan was in the process of running his best race to date when upsides in front at the second last when falling – such a shame but thankfully both Hogan and Finn were unhurt which was the best news of the day. Hogan will be receiving plenty of TLC from Ernie who looks after him and both our physios, Maggie Turner and Hannah Steedman, will check him out fully too.

Hogan looking a picture. Thanks to Linda Swain for the photo.

We had a busier day at Bangor on Friday with four runners. Culverwell struggled and Patrick Cowley pulled him up and Windy Cove was definitely affected by the humidity but she still ran her usual solid race to finish 5th under Sean Bowen. Sean also rode our other two with Run A Rig running an absolute blinder on her return from a long lay off to finish a really promising 3rd place. Sadly she pulled up with a damaged tendon and thanks to everyone at Bangor for all their help with her. She won’t run again which is so disappointing for owner/breeder Zara Tindall as she showed us so much but thankfully she should be ok to breed from or do another job in time. So tough.

Mr Mafia ran his usual solid race, out in front jumping for fun for most of the race until younger legs headed him four out and he looked like he was going to drop away. He kept on however to finish 4th, not beaten all that far but most importantly he took his prize money won to over £100,000! What an absolute legend of a horse he is – a horse that just keeps on giving. He is adored by owner Peter Boggis and Bangor looked after us so well – delicious food and a celebratory glass of champagne after his race as well. Brilliant.

Good luck to Beth Whittle, who has been with us for quite some years, as she starts her new job today as a veterinary assistant.



If you would like to have a horse trained by Martin Keighley, visit the yard or make an enquiry