Martin’s Blog 23rd May

A fabulous few days with one of the highlights being the wedding reception of Ollie & Irene Ryan on Saturday night near Leamington Spa with a South African theme after their South African wedding recently. A lot of fun was had by all and huge congratulations to Ollie & Irene.

Belinda with the welcoming committee!

Before then I’d been to watch Harry & his Broadway U12s Football Team win their final game of the season. They have finished in 2nd position and, after joining them in January, he’s looking forward to his first full season there. Harry had a pretty good day yesterday with his favourite F1 driver Max Versatappen winning the F1 then his team, Man City, winning in the final minutes to win the League.

Harry & his Broadway U12s Team

Yesterday it was Freddie’s turn to play his final game of the season and his Northleach Woolies U14s side played superbly and he scored a cracking goal to help them win 5-3. Afterwards we enjoyed their End of Season Trophy Presentation which was fabulous – his team is full of a great bunch of lads, super parents and inspirational coaches so a fun day.

Freddie & his Northleach U14s Team

Before then, on Friday evening, David Parry kindly treated the whole team to supper at Worcester Races and thankfully we had no runners so we could all just relax and enjoy. A good time was had by all and very generous of David and much appreciated.

A really fun night

Our last two runners were at Southwell and Bella Ciao ran a huge race to finish a close 3rd in the bumper for Lady Sutton putting her Cheltenham bumper disappointment well behind her. Cut And Run also ran an improved race under Finn Lambert to finish 5th and hopefully with a clear run now with her she will improve on that next time.

Today we are at Ludlow with three runners. Peter Boggis’s veteran Mr Mafia kicks off proceedings under Sean Bowen and ran a much improved race for a long time last time out. He’s still high enough in the handicap but seems well with himself at home and always runs his race.

Ben Buie is favourite for the 2 mile chase and lots of his enthusiastic owners are able to make the trip to Ludlow. He will have come on for his debut at Worcester and gets on well with Sean Bowen, should enjoy the ground and should be there or thereabouts.

Finescope (Finn Lambert) runs in the concluding bumper and is a mare I like a lot. I was very taken with her Cheltenham bumper run and if she’s improved again from then I think she should be in the mix today.

Well done to Jon & Jack Hughes whose El Caballo won Saturday’s Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes in superb style – his 6th win on the bounce and saw him book his place at Royal Ascot’s Commonwealth Cup. Much deserved.



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