Martin’s Blog 27th February

We woke to snow this morning however there wasn’t that much (to the dismay of the two boys in our house!) and it had disappeared after 2nd lot. 1st lot did look quite picturesque though but with a runner at Ludlow I was glad to see it go as quickly as it had come.

Sarasota Star runs in the Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles under Patrick Cowley. He was third on his hurdling debut at Ludlow and then 4th last time out at Catterick and needs to build on that to get anywhere near the favourite today. He has always jumped very well at home but was a little green last time so will hopefully concentrate more too. I’ve always liked him a lot as he’s got a great attitude.

We were at Catterick on Tuesday and were very pleased with City Never Sleeps who ran a very good race over hurdles to finish 2nd under Lilly Pinchin and, touch wood, seems fine since. He’s a big horse but is fragile so we take it day by day with him but if he stays sound he’ll give us and our Racing Club lots of fun I’m sure. We were also pleased with Be Thankful who ran well on her second start over hurdles to finish 3rd. A good day for the Racing Club with both horses in the winners’ enclosure.

At Market Rasen yesterday we ran Solstice Star for the Foxtrot Racing Club under Sam Twiston-Davies. He jumped well but the soft holding ground didn’t suit him and, despite Sam taking him wide for the best ground, it found him out. Sam reported that he still loves it though and we will look for some veteran races for him. He’s A1 this morning.