Martin’s Blog 20th December

A busy day in prospect with our Annual Yard BHA Inspection this morning from Andy Streeter which always takes a few hours as they meticulously go through everything from Public Liability insurance to checking our medical records to fire extinguishers to horses in training to First Aid to checking the schooling ground etc – no stone is left unturned. Andy, as an ex Trainer, is a huge help and although the need to ensure that the Industry is squeaky clean, they are here to help as well and he is a huge help and we really appreciate it. Hopefully it will be a straight forward visit!

Yesterday at Ludlow Pomme De Nuit showed us she isn’t ready to be a racehorse yet – we’ve given her every opportunity and she tries very hard but she just isn’t quite strong enough yet. Thanks to her breeders, Chris & Fran Marriott, for leasing her to us and to her patient ”owners” who have leased her for a couple of years but Conor Shoemark reported she just couldn’t go the pace despite jumping ok. Therefore we have decided she needs to do something else for the time being and may well go pointing.

Finnick Glory in the bumper was an emotional runner not least because it was jockey Harry Stock’s birthday but also because we all still miss his father Chris so much and he really believed in her and it is so sad he isn’t around to enjoy her now she is running. She built on her debut 4th under a good ride from Harry and showed how tough she is to run a blinder to finish 2nd behind a horse that they’d backed like it couldn’t be beaten. She’s A1 this morning and very pleased with herself and I am thrilled for the Stock family that Chris & Harry have chosen them what looks like a mare with a bright future. He’d no doubt have been looking down proudly yesterday.