Martin’s Blog 27th August

No runners this weekend but plenty of sport to watch especially the F1 yesterday which was a good race.

Autumnal here this morning but after torrential rain yesterday it was good to get the horses out in dry conditions today and to turn them out in the field too as they had a rare Sunday in their boxes yesterday. Andrew Tinkler was in this morning and we schooled Solstice Star, Chequered View, Somewhere To Be, Raving Bonkers, Oscar World, Mister Valentine, Twentyoneblackjack, Lord Condi, City Never Sleeps and Mr Mafia. Nick Ponting brought his children and some friends with their three boys and were lucky enough to watch the horses canter and then school 2nd lot. Always fascinating to hear the questions from visitors who have had nothing to do with racing before and they all seemed to enjoy their morning, not least the children who all had a ride on a pony – some of them for the first time. Trying to encourage the workforce of the future!

Our results are only as good as the team behind us and we are lucky to have a great team. Yesterday, on a Sunday, Farrier Nick Partridge came out to put shoes on a couple who had lost a shoe out in the field because he knew he couldn’t be in today as usual and didn’t want them missing a day’s work. Such commitment is much appreciated and we are lucky to have Nick as part of our team.