Martin’s Blog 20th June

Duke of Luckley ran a blinder yesterday under a good positive ride from James Best who gets on so well with him. He jumped for fun out in front but couldn’t sustain the challenge from the potentially quite smart O’Neill trained Bob Bob Ricard and had to settle for 2nd place. We all prefer winners, obviously, but it was still a very good run and one of Duke’s best performances to date. He enjoys being ridden positively and jumps far better uncrowded and out in front.

Off to a course we’ve never been to today with Contiuance running at Ripon. With Jack Doughty, who won on him so well last time at Chepstow, in action at Royal Ascot he will be partnered by another good apprentice, Mark Winn, and will hopefully put up another bold show.

A father & son day as Freddie, who had his last GCSE exam on Tuesday, is coming in the lorry with me to lead him up. Scary to think that he has left school but he’s very pleased about it and has been racing every day this week including on Monday, when he probably should have been revising, when he had his first flat ride and outside ride at Chepstow and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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