Martin’s Blog 22nd July

Matthew Baker, Nigel & Karen McAllen and Paul Davis all in this morning to watch the horses on the gallops. James Best and Warren Marston all in to ride out. We worked Chenery, Borderline, Culverwell, Kalibrate, Ben Buie and Run A Rig. All the rest cantered.

Lara, from The Cotswold School and Poppy, from Burford School, have been in on Work Experience this week and have been really useful to have around the yard. They both were lucky enough to ride Mr Mafia back from the gallops one day each and he’s a perfect horse to look after anyone on top but still have enough about him to properly feel you’ve ridden a racehorse! We wish them both well for the future and hope they will still pop in and see us and maybe help out in the future too.

Lara’s turn to ride Mafia. Poppy, stood next to him, rode him the day before.

It was meant to rain here overnight and save me from watering the gallop this morning but it didn’t happen. Never mind, thank goodness for the fantastic watering system I have and our private reservoir too! There is nothing worse than horses breathing in dust and most gallops get dusty when it is so warm but we are able to water both the loop gallop and our straight carpet gallop so none of our horses ever have to breathe in dusty kick back.

Two runners at Uttoxeter and both would appreciate any rain that falls. Ten Past Midnight (Sean Bowen) runs at 1.35pm in the 2m Handicap Hurdle and ran a solid race to be 2nd last time out. He won at Southwell before that and seems in great form so we are hopeful of another good run from him. He’s such a likeable chap.

At 2.40pm Debden Bank runs in the 3m Handicap Hurdle and has James Best in the saddle who gets on so well with him. He’s been a little bit inconsistent recently but, as always, is pleasing us at home and his enthusiastic owners, and Ernie who does everything with him at home, will be hoping he bounces back to form today.

We have one of our organised Fun Rides here tomorrow so do book in if you have a horse and fancy a fun ride! A wide variety of jumps, mostly very reasonable and stunning views. Free use of the gallop thrown in tomorrow only too so book in online on here if you are interested.



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