Martin’s Blog 20th May

The steam cleaner is in full swing as horses continue to go out for their summer holidays. We have still had a few runners over the past couple of weeks and most have run with credit without quite troubling the judge.

One we won’t be seeing again on the racecourse is Foxtrot Racing’s Witness Protection who has been retired following his run at Chepstow recently. He’s been a fragile horse but an absolute gentleman to do anything with – he’s run 16 times for us – winning three times (hurdles and fences), finishing 2nd 4x, 3rd once & 4th 3x and has been a pleasure to train. We’ll ensure a perfect retirement home for him, as we endeavour to do with all of our retired horses.

Today we head south to Newton Abbot where we run Duke of Luckley in the ‘Happy 60th Birthday Danny Kane Handicap Chase’ under James Best who won on him last time. He’s been so consistent over fences winning and finishing placed in his last four runs so hopefully will put in another solid effort again today.

We also run Lost In The Mist for our Racing Club in the ‘Racing Partnership Novices’ Handicap Hurdle’ under Sean Bowen. Mist was 2nd last time at Chepstow where he exceeded our expectations and if he can improve again from that he should have a big chance today. Fingers crossed.

We have had a busy family weekend with Saturday evening spent at Harry’s Studley Bee’s Presentation Evening. They were presented with their medals for winning the League and their coaches spoke about each individual boy’s strengths and what they have brought to the team before giving them their end of season trophys. It was a fabulous evening and made even better by Harry Redknapp kindly recording a video for the boys congratulating them all which blew them all away.

Yesterday we were at Edgecote Point to Point to watch Freddie & Mr Mafia in action in the PPORA Novice Riders Championship. A competitive 6 runner field but Mr Mafia ran a belter under a good ride from Freddie to finish 4th with a promotion to 3rd following the horse that finished 2nd losing some pads in the home straight. Mr Mafia is simply loving his pointing – he’s so easy to do anything with – he rested a hind leg & fell asleep when we were saddling him yesterday outside the lorry and someone mentioned his ears were pricked the whole time. He’s excelling in his second career helping Freddie start his!

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