Martin’s Blog 22nd September

Heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight but much needed rain as our schooling ground and turnout paddocks have been crying out for it. Racecourses have been desperate for rain too as although most can water there is nothing like genuine rain to get into the ground.

Plumpton bound today with two chasers – Gold Mountain and Enforcement. Gold Mountain has been running consistently all summer without quite winning and it would be fantastic to get his head in front soon as he does deserve it. Neither owner, Jim Burley or Jon Hughes, can be there today but they’ll not mind if today is the day as they’ll be shouting him home on the TV I’m sure. Leighton Aspell, as usual, rides and suggested the step up in trip after he rode him last time – cheekpieces on again today and a tongue strap re-fitted. Hopeful of a good run.

Enforcement makes his chasing debut and you’d not look at him and think ‘chaser’ as he’s not overly big however he’s schooled well at home and we are hoping that it may give him something else to think about. Conditional Jockey Lewis Stones rides and takes off an important 7lbs and we hope he will go well although we’ll obviously know much more about him after today’s run.

It’s an exciting day for Ross Burbidge who was one of 250 visitors at last week’s Open Day but who was lucky enough to win in our raffle the chance to be an ‘Owner for the Day’. The horse in question is Enforcement – the prize generously donated by his owners Jon & Jack Hughes who knew they couldn’t make Plumpton today. Thankfully Ross and his famiy can and they will represent Jon & Jack and will have their Owners & Trainers tickets for the day and be able to be present in the Paddock and meet the jockey and all that goes with the whole owner experience. Let’s hope they will be collecting a prize on Jon & Jack’s behalf too – imagine that?! We’ll see but we hope they have a brilliant day and are absolutely thrilled that our prize winner last Sunday is actually able to be at Plumpton today as that was the planned race. As part of the prize too they will arrange to come up and watch him on the gallops and have breakfast here too. I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty good prize! Good luck Ross ….& Enforcement – win, lose or draw it should be lots of fun.

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