Martin’s Blog 24th April

We are still basking in sunshine although that looks set to end this afternoon when we are promised much needed rain. An Easter weekend without a cloud in the sky and thoroughly enjoyable too.

Fontwell today with three runners. Primogeniture runs for our Racing Club in the 1st race under Conor Shoemark who has so far been the jockey on board to have got the closest to winning with him for us! Today’s race is over fences and with just three opponents he will pay for his day if he simply completes. However, Conor will be trying to do far more than just that and he’ll be kidding him along as best he can.

Lord Condi returns from his winter break and looks up against it under a double penalty for his two hurdle wins earlier this season. He won his bumper at Fontwell last May so acts on the track and Harry Stock’s 5lb claim will help. He seems in good form and we should have some fun with him this summer over hurdles and fences.

In the bumper Jeans Genie makes her debut for her owner/breeders Chris & Jo Massey so an exciting day for them. An attractive grey filly, she goes nicely at home and we’ll know more about her after today.

It was our local Point to Point at Paxford on Monday and Racing Club member Wendy McDonagh was in action however she partnered a camel not a racehorse! She was riding a camel sponsored by the pub she runs with husband Joe and was pleased to tick another thing off her bucket list! Well done Wendy.

We were thrilled to hear that that David Robinson won with his mare Jeans Lady, later in the day, who we used to have in training with us here. She had more than her fair share of injuries and David has to go down as being one of the most patient owners we’ve met. She spent nearly 3 years in his paddock at Broadway and he was advised to retire her more than once however he was determined to get her back to the track. She returned to finish a good 2nd in her first point to point and then to win at Paxford – his local track – is fantastic and much deserved.