Martin’s Blog 23rd January

-2 this morning but we were prepared and the Team salted the yard last night and wrapped up all the taps and I set my alarm even earlier as our Gallop Man Lucjan doesn’t work weekends so I had to be in my tractor to do both gallops before 1st lot in addition to feeding. It’s a lovely time of the day though so I don’t mind.

With the ground as it is we’ve had a quiet week. Capricia was our last runner at Chepstow on Tuesday and I just don’t know how it was on as it was so wet. We wanted her to take her chance though as she’d gone in heavy before at Bangor and we thought should could act in it. She ran well for a long way and jumped really well but eventually got tired up the long home straight and Sean Bowen thankfully pulled her up before the last. Only 3 finished. He really liked her and was so pleased how she jumped despite the desperate ground. She’s come back fine, will have a winter break now and come back for better ground. Eventually she’ll be a nice chaser but we’d like to think we could pick up some races over hurdles first.

Warren Marston and Harry Greasby in to ride out this morning and we worked Witness Protection, Debden Bank, Ten Past Midnight, Be Thankful, Robsam, Eclat Des Mottes, Pinnacle Peak, City Never Sleeps, Miss Antipova, Samtara, Big Nasty and Lovingit Lovingit. Plenty of the others did swinging canters and they all seem fresh and well, some coming back after short breaks.

A big match in our house tonight and thankfully on BBC1 as obviously we are in Lockdown – Harry’s favourite football team – Manchester City play our local team Cheltenham Town who the boys have followed for years and both boys have been mascots a few times too. It’s a fantastic draw and the biggest game in Cheltenham’s history. They have virtual tickets and programmes, to support the Club and for a keepsake too, and we’ll be glued to the tv at 5.30pm! Harry’s insisting he doesn’t mind who wins (Cheltenham obviously up against it!) but would prefer it going to penalties!



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