Martin’s Blog – 27th June

Worcester was warm yesterday – the new facilities definitely impress and Freddie was fortunate enough to experience them as he partnered Pike Road in the bumper. I’d hoped he’d run into a place and, although he didn’t, we were very pleased with his attitude and he clearly needs further than 2 miles as he just kept galloping and Freddie struggled to pull him up! He jumps well too so I’m sure Roger Harrison and his family will have lots of fun with him. Sadly a fire on the motorway ahead of Roger stopped him for getting to the races but fortunately his Grandson was able to represent him but we look forward to planning his next start when all three generations can attend.

Dreamsundermyfeet was always going to need the run as he’s a burley horse but he ran a solid race under our Conditional Bradley Roberts and will come on for the run. A fun afternoon for the members of our Racing Club who were able to be there – do get in touch if you are interested in joining in with the fun. It’s not often we don’t manage to get our members tickets so if you are interested in going racing regularly then our annual price of £500 is a bargain when you work out how many times you can go racing in the year as an owner!

I’m heading north to Hamilton Park for the first time today – not with a horse but with Freddie (& Tom Scudamore’s eldest daughter, Margot) who both ride for Lucinda Russell in the first race – an amateur race over 1m 5f. Freddie partners Rory The Cat and is very excited to be riding for the dual Grand National winning Trainer as just his second outside ride. All great experience for him and we are stopping at Cartmel on our way home as he rides Pittsburg, a full brother to our horse Herecomeshogan, for Ryan Potter over hurdles there tomorrow afternoon. That ride means he is missing his school Leavers Dinner or Prom as they seem to call it now. He’d rather be race riding he tells me although Ollie Garner, who supplies us with our haylage, shavings & straw, was going to drive him there in an Aston Martin so that was the only part he was looking forward to! Four rides in four days – thanks to his agent Ian Popham who was our Stable Jockey when Freddie was a lot younger!

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