Martin’s Blog 21st December

Winter Solstice and Solstice Star runs at Ascot! What a revelation he has been again this year with two wins from two runs. They’ve both come at Chepstow under the Champion Jockey Richard Johnson but today he heads to Ascot and is partnered by Harry Stock in a Conditional Jockeys’ race. He’ll love the heavy ground and seems in very good form.

Before he runs we run Reve in the opening hurdle race under Tom Bellamy – a partnership which were unlucky not to win at Leicester last time out when tipping up at the second last. He’s an imposing looking horse and we’ve done plenty of schooling since then and particularly impressed Leighton Aspell when he schooled him last week so I hope he’ll put up a bold show in what is a competitive race.

Leighton is now out injured following a fall last week and yesterday poor Conor Shoemark broke his shoulder at Exeter in a fall which is also such bad luck. Conor was really getting going again and gave Chequered View a super ride to win for us earlier this week. He was due to ride Forecast for us at Ascot tomorrow and won well on him last time so was very much looking forward to riding him and so were we as they get on so well and have built up a super partnership. It’s such a tough job being a jockey and we wish both of them a speedy recovery.

After yesterday’s BHA Inspection from Andy Streeter and Tim Naylor we went for lunch at The Fox at Broadwell which was delicious and a very enjoyable lunch.