Martin’s Blog 23rd October

Two solid runs at Plumpton yesterday with Gold Mountain running a good race under Leighton Aspell, jumping well but probably not quite getting home over 3m 1f to finish 3rd having looked like the winner a few fences from home.

Enforcement made his chasing debut and jumped for fun under a good ride from Lewis Stones to finish 4th and give us plenty to look forward to. He throughly enjoyed himself and we’ll look for more options over fences for him now.

Regular followers of our Blog/Newsletter and those present at Open Day a week ago yesterday will no doubt remember that we gave away the opportunity to represent Enforcement’s owners Jon & Jack Hughes at Plumpton yesterday. It was won by Ross Burbidge and to our delight he was able to attend the races along with friends and family. Plumpton’s team looked after them well and Sky Sport Racing’s Hayley Moore kindly interviewed him before the race which was great viewing especially as Ross mentioned that although the chicken was delicious, the potatoes were a little hard! Freddie & Harry, watching it at home, especially loved that quote!

A super email from Ross today mentioned that the day ‘couldn’t have gone any better (obviously apart from two winners and softer potatoes!)’ and that all of our team were so friendly, Plumpton so accommodating and that they “made memories for a lifetime”. Isn’t that what it’s all about – encouraging the racegoers of the future. We have a fabulous sport and are so fortunate to do a job that we love and need to encourage the wider public to come and join us too – racing has so much to offer.

Monday mornings are always more of a hive of activity than normal with farrier Nick Partridge in and, as usual, one of our physios Maggie Turner to check up coming runners and any that we have queries about. Anna Goodley of Lycetts here late morning to meet with Belinda for our annual Insurance Renewal – an important meeting and lots to discuss but always fantastic to see Anna who we missed at renewal last year as she was a few weeks away from having her daughter so much to catch up on!

Hard to believe it’s a year ago today since we lost our dear friend Chris Stock. Thinking of his family today, especially Zoe, Harry & Abi – taken from us all far too early and so often in our thoughts.