A few visitors today which we always enjoy – Matthew Baker brought his cousin in first lot to watch his mares Brianna Rose, who has just come back in from her holidays and Capricia who he owns as part of one of our Martin Keighley Racing Partnerships and who is surely due her first win soon! Two lovely mares and no doubt Matthew captured some great photos of them which we can’t wait to see.
Gordon Bendall was in to watch his horses 2nd lot and to give an extra pat to Debden Bank following his recent wins. Gordon kindly sent Ernesta, who adores Debden, a framed photo of Debden’s head in the winners’ enclosure and she was understandably thrilled – thank you Gordon.
Victoria Taylor brought her girls in to see the horses and it was the first time that Chloe & Ruby had been in and they had a ride on Freddie’s shetlands which they seemed to really enjoy. Sophia wasn’t to be outdone and here she is having a sit on Rocket.
Off to Stratford on Avon races later today with two runners. Ben Buie makes his re-appearance after 226 days off the track. He’s a horse we thought a lot of in the early days but has bitterly disappointed. He makes his second chasing start this afternoon and I think he’s a different horse after a decent break – he looks a bigger horse and today’s ground will suit him far more than last time which was too soft. His racecourse debut at Ascot where he was second to Emitom can’t have been a fluke but he’s shown no form like that since. He needs to bounce back.
Kazontherazz won in gutsy style last time over hurdles, her second run over obstacles and has come out of that race well. This is a step up for her as it’s more competitive than last time so she needs to improve again, for her owners The Meagher Family, to get her head in front again. Both horses partnered by James Best who knows them so well.