Martin’s Blog 24th June

Frustrating yesterday at Worcester with Kazontherazz unseating James Best at the 2nd hurdle on her hurdling debut however, despite James receiving what looked like a bit of a kicking, somehow he was fine and Kaz jumped around loose and looked to enjoy herself. Both seemed ok this morning too – James was in to ride out – a tough breed these Jump Jockeys! What a special day to be a part of too – as mentioned on yesterday’s blog it was a day of remembering and celebrating the life of Liam Treadwell and so lovely to hear the different interviews and especially to see his Grand National winner, Mon Mome, paraded.

Beth and Kaz at Worcester yesterday

Long may we continue our good run as it certainly lifts spirits amongst the whole team. We are enjoying our current position in the top 15 in the Trainers’ table with an 18% strike rate and over £30 return to a £1 stake.

James Best, Harry Stock and Harry Atkins all in to ride out this morning. We had a visit from Jeremy Swan, our vet, to check a few of the team too.

Martin Jones has had two of our two year olds – a Ocovango gelding and a Black Sam Bellamy gelding – for a month or so to enjoy the first part of their education – to be backed and ridden away. It’s been, as always, fascinating following their journey from the ground work to getting a jockey on board and eventually both taking turns to lead up the gallops. They are coming home today and will go out in the field for their next 12 months to digest all that has happened to them.

2 year olds in the field

Martin Jones long reining Black Sam Bellamy 2 yr old
Ocovango 2 yr old being ridden

Going back to Martin Jones are three three year olds that we’ve had here since they were foals – Kalibrate (By Califet), Genovese (by Sans Frontieres) and Borderline (also by Sans Frontieres). He had them to back and ride away at this time last year and they’ve been out in the field having fun since then. They are off back to see how much they’ve remembered and will then be coming into training when they return. So very exciting for all the owners – some have been involved since the beginning too.

3 year olds sharing supper!

Left to right: Borderline, Kalibrate, Genovese

With prices at the Sales going through the roof over the last few years, we decided it was time to change our model and start buying a few foals every year and it’s crazy to think that the first batch are nearly coming into training! Do get in touch to be part of the journey. We have shares available in both of our 2 year olds. We have a WhatsApp group for all these youngsters and our owners are kept up to date with emails too and can visit regularly and feel as much of a part of their individual journeys as they wish to.



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