Martin’s Blog 24th August

Racing does not always work out how we would like it to or feel it should but that is why we make sure that whatever the class of race we win we celebrate it – every win is special and is the satisfying result of hard work from the team and a job well done.

Yesterday was one of those more character building days. We went to Stratford hopeful of placed chances but it wasn’t to be. Grahame & Sharon Lovett’s plane from Jersey was delayed meaning that they were going to struggle to get to Stratford to watch Primogeniture in the first race. Luckily they arrived but he was disappointing so we will get him thoroughly checked out as he’s better than that.

Matravers is surely better than he showed too. Ash Hark works hard and I know the whole of our Racing Club were willing it to be the day that Ash rode his first winner under Rules – as were my boys who follow Ash around the yard! However it wasn’t to be and, after travelling well for the first half of the race he also stopped. We’ll get to the bottom of both.

Hartshorne Abbie ran a solid race in the bumper but didn’t get home in the good to soft ground but the experence won’t have done her any harm and she’ll now go over hurdles. She jumps well at home and loves it.

Today is looking like being a busy one with Chris & Zoe Stock in 2nd lot to watch their youngster Finnick Glory and also Phil Plowman in to watch Lerichi Belle. It’s great when owners have time to come and watch their horses and catch up with us all here. Indeed some say that it’s the mornings on the gallops here that are their favourite thing over and above the racedays as they especially love watching young horses learning and improving.