Martin’s Blog 29th July

A busy day today with four runners at Bangor. Culverwell kicks off proceedings for The Stars and Stripes Racing Club under Patrick Cowley in a Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. He’s 20lbs out of the handicap but he’s had wind surgery since his last run and hopefully that brings about plenty of improvement.

Zara Tindall’s Run A Rig returns after 871 days off the track under Sean Bowen. She’s had three runs for us in bumpers and has been well schooled ahead of her hurdling debut. Great to get her back on the track, she’s a nice mare and I am looking forward to seeing what she can achieve over hurdles.

The legend Mr Mafia is next in the 3m 5f Handicap Chase under Sean Bowen, as usual, and Belinda is happy with him at home and he seems fresh and well so despite being the outsider of the field he’ll hopefully run a blinder.

In the lucky last we run Windy Cove who is a really fun mare giving us all lots of enjoyment. She should have an each way chance again under Sean Bowen and the more she settles the more chance she’ll give herself.

Yesterday Ben Buie ran an absolute cracker to finish 2nd in his second race of the week. What a fun horse he is for his connections. He’ll have a well earned break now.

Freddie then raced his pony Miss Millfield in the 148cm Pony Race and they both did us proud finishing a close 4th and would have been nearer had they not had interference in the closing stages. All great experience and both pony and rider are learning so much and we are all enjoying it too. Next stop for them – Great Yarmouth next Thursday.



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