Martin’s Blog 26th May

A fabulous morning in the sunshine, for a very welcome change, and wonderful to host nearly 30 members of Foxtrot Racing to the yard which is always a fun morning. They were here to watch Witness Protection do his last canters under Ernesta Verburg before a well deserved summer holiday after a brilliant season. Some of them were here to meet their new horse, Pay The Woman, for the first time and she’s a mare we like a lot and can’t wait to get going with her. They were also here to wave a fond farewell to our superstar Solstice Star who has come back for a couple of days for today and Freddie couldn’t wait to ride him after school tonight and I was able to watch him before heading off to Warwick races. He’s been on an amazing journey with Solstice Star throughout lockdown – a journey he’ll never forget so huge thanks to Richard East who has also said Freddie can ride him whenever he wants to.

So Warwick tonight with Eclat Des Mottes for David Bishop, Colin Bowkley, Michael Parker and Paul Davis under James Best – all wanting a bit of fun for the summer. He’s up against it tonight but we hope a race will fall in his lap sometime soon! We also run Samtara who has been 2nd in 3 of his last 4 runs for Roger & Yvonne Allsop and is so consistent but deserves the number one spot soon! Tommie O’Brien has ridden point to pointers for them so came in earlier this week to school and canter him. He seems in good form.

Both mares at Southwell ran blinders yesterday without managing to win. The Meagher Family’s Kazontherazz ran a blinder in her 4th bumper under James Best but found The Queen’s horse too good to finish 2nd. A great run though and she will improve again over hurdles. Ollie & Irene Ryan’s Found On ran a blinder under a very positive ride from James Best to finish 2nd on her return from a break. She’ll come on from that and just bumped into a very well handicapped horse and I was very pleased with her jumping and she settled well and has a great attitude.



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