Martin’s Blog 25th January

The buzz of a Cheltenham morning with lots of people in. Chris Dee and David Bishop in to watch Eclat Des Mottes, Mike & Mella Wright in along with Alan Stickley and Paul Davis too with Lucy & Jeremy Blackburn. 2nd Lot Neil Lloyd from FBC Manby Bowdler, our yard sponsor, along with 20 guests in a very large bus stopped for bacon sandwiches, a yard tour and to watch the horses on the gallops en route to Cheltenham where they have a box – a fun day for them no doubt.

Back On The Lash at Cheltenham under Johnny Burke in the last over hurdles. He’s in good form but, as ever, a competitive race but hopefully he’ll put in a good performance. The race sponsored by Steel Plate & Sections so thanks to owner Andrew Jones and his team there for supporting once again – I believe they are the longest serving company sponsoring at Cheltenham.

At Uttoxeter City Never Sleeps returns from a long absence now in our Racing Club colours in a handicap hurdle. Will be great to get this run under his belt and trot up sound tomorrow. He’s fit enough to do himself justice. Patrick Cowley rides.

Big Nasty runs over fences having had a wind op so you can put a line through his Newbury run. He’s a lovely horse that I think a lot of so fingers crossed he enjoys his experience today and runs a solid race. Leighton Aspell rides.

Be Thankful ran a huge race yesterday on her hurdling debut to be 4th, only just run out of 3rd which was annoying as lots of our Racing Club were on each way at prices of £125/1 and £150/1! She jumped well and we were thrilled.

You can put a line through Dreamsundermyfeet’s disappointment. He needs a wind operation now – the vet decided last year he was too young and to try him again but the ground didn’t help and we’ll also see a better horse over hurdles.

A fun night out last night at The Plough at Ford celebrating my dad’s birthday. Good luck Freddie today at Cheltenham as he’s doing more filming for ITV Racing as mini Ed Chamberlin. The second episode they filmed before Christmas is shown today on The Opening Show.