Martin’s Blog 1st June

What a storm we had last night – thunder and a huge amount of lightening too as well as a lot of rain. Lying awake in bed worrying about the horses that were turned out but all good this morning and no doubt they all found somewhere to shelter.

Fine this morning and John and Claire Abernethy here to see Hartshorne Abbie and Mr Mafia, who we had to pull out of his intended race at Ffos Las last night – he wasn’t 100% yesterday but is a lot better today. Warren Marston and Mark Caswell in to ride out and we worked Cotswold Prince, Matravers, Primogeniture, Young Phoenix, Forecast, Suger Storm, Hartshorne Abbie, Sporty Yankee, Weyburn, Peeping Penny and Morning Herald.

Dave Jones called in on his way back from seeing Pirate Look who is summering with Chris & Paul Dee at Winchcombe. Pirate Look’s having a well earned holiday and looks fantastic. It was good to catch up with Dave.

Two runners tomorrow but at different meetings. Dr Dunraven has been leased to our Racing Club and he goes to Worcester under Andrew Tinkler in the Novices’ Handicap Chase. Enforcement makes the long journey up to Hexham for the first juvenile hurdle of the season under Harry Stock which will be very interesting.

Freddie made his debut in the Shetland Pony Grand National yesterday at Suffolk Show (his very keen mum didn’t realise quite how far away that was!) and loved it despite not troubling the judge in either of his races! It’s so good for these children who have so much fun, make great friends and raise money for charity at the same time too – this year it’s in aid of The Bob Champion Cancer Trust Fund.

More painting and steam cleaning continuing here and the gallops are having a extra layer of wax too to ensure they are riding even better than ever.