Martin’s Blog 25th July

Monday morning and the last week of racing before a two week break. Never quite sure what I think of the two week break at this time of year as we have the majority of the horses back in and all the team too but it’s a good break hopefully for some of the jockeys … I do think a full month at some stage over the summer would help us all but that’s for the powers that be to sort.

Fresh horses this morning even though the majority spent the whole weekend out in their paddocks which usually ensures they are much calmer .. not this morning though so lots of neck straps in full use! Great to see them that way though as long as there are no loose ones!

A fun family day yesterday at Uttoxeter with Freddie making his Pony Racing Racecourse Series debut on Miss Millfield, a pony he has been loaned by Gavin & Suzannah Hughes and he’s a very lucky boy. I was in action leading her up – she was a handful – but she behaved for Freddie and he had a wonderful experience. They got a decent start and she ran a blinder to finish 5th of 11 with a few nice ponies behind him. He learnt a lot, has a few things to work on but, most importantly, he absolutely loved it. They go again at Stratford on Thursday and his race is after racing instead of before and by the way she bucked and kicked around the field this morning she is ready for another race this week!

No nerves yet…Freddie in the pre-parade ring

The smile says it all….!

Our Fun Ride was a success on Saturday with lots of happy faces enjoying our stunning Cotswold scenery – our ride is open for booking every day after 11am but we have two more organised fun rides in the diary already – Sunday 28th August and Sunday 30th October. We may add some more in too so watch this space!

We have two runners tomorrow at Worcester and it should be a fantastic evening. Ben Buie runs in the Martin Keighley Racing Club sponsored race and it would be fabulous if he could run well in that and at the end of the evening we run Chenery who makes her debut for us. It’s our Racing Club’s annual picnic (we’ve not managed one obviously since 2019) and so we all cannot wait to get together to enjoy an evening of fun.



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