Martin’s Blog 1st August

Buckle Street ran another solid race on Sunday at Uttoxeter to finish 3rd despite not being continually hampered on the rail. He’s not overly big but is tough and has such a great attitude. He’s had a few quick runs so will now have a short break before starting his autumn campaign when we hope he should give The Condicote Clan plenty more successful and fun days.

A new month and I’m thrilled at how the yard improvements have progressed throughout June and July. The drainage and stone on the widened loop is almost complete and the carpet surface is due in the next few weeks. The team have worked hard around the yard and it is all coming together well as more and more horses return from their summer breaks.

Neville Statham was here yesterday to see both Sporty Yankee and Young Phoenix on the gallops and Weyburn return from his extended holiday. He was pleased with how they were all looking and we are both excited about getting them all to the track again.

Work morning and Andrew Tinkler and Warren Marston in to ride out. We worked Enforcement, Lord Condi, Miss Condi, Ocean Eleven, Bobble Emerald and The Kvilleken. Jon Hughes and Gareth Edwards here to watch the horses.

A new lorry arrived for us to look at so plenty of discussion with our Travelling Head Girl Issy, who will be in in more than most, Jamie, Belinda and myself. So many options but we all have a pretty good idea of what we need and what is safest for our horses.

Three runners this evening at Worcester. Cottersrock runs in the 2 mile Handicap Chase under Wayne Hutchinson, who won on his half brother Wolf Moon for us at Cheltenham in 2010 and Rocky seems in good form and it would be great to see him run another competitive race. Viking Mistress then runs in the following race back over fences for the very enthusiastic Martin Keighley Racing Club of which there has been a huge ballot for tickets! Luckily Worcester have been very helpful as usual. Champion Jockey Richard Johnson, who has already won on her twice this season, rides her. Altesse De Guye, a previous hurdle winner for us at Cheltenham, makes her reappearance on the track too tonight and we look forward to seeing her back in action with Andrew Tinkler on board.