Martin’s Blog 29th September

Lots more rain overnight and definitely autumnal weather with the evenings getting colder and an extra rug going onto the horses too.

James Best and Patrick Cowley in to ride out a few lots and we schooled Reve, Witness Protection, Cloud Formation and Samtara and they all jumped well.

Off to Bangor today with Brorson who makes his debut over hurdles after a visit to Worcester where we didn’t risk him as the sunshine baked down all afternoon and the ground became too quick. That won’t happen today if they’ve had even half the rain we have had. He’s a horse I like a lot and am looking forward to watching him develop over the season. It’s a pretty hot little race today but I think he’ll run a good race and we’ll certainly know more about him after today. He was 2nd in two decent bumpers and has done everything nicely at home. Sean Bowen rides. Good luck to owner David Maughan.


Beth Whittle has her first race ride tomorrow at Warwick on her favourite racehorse Back On The Lash, thanks to owner Mark Boothright. She’s very excited and rode out one lot in her breeches and boots yesterday and tried out her racing saddle – it is all very different to the heavyweight general breeches and riding out gear we all use day in day out. Whatever happens tomorrow she is thrilled to be on her favourite horse and in doing so has raised about £2000 for the Air Ambulance – brilliant.

Beth riding out Brianna Rose in her racing breeches & Freddie’s racing boots!

Thanks to Rupert Arnold of the National Trainers Federation for forwarding our Lycetts Logos for the Awards we won recently…we are so proud of them.

Our wonderful yardman Lucjan was the most excited person in the yard this morning as we took delivery of our brand new tractor. Our loyal old tractor had done us so well but has retired itself. Huge expense we hadn’t planned for but it’s a piece of kit we rely on so heavily in not only keeping all of our different gallop surfaces in top shape but taking muck away and moving haylage bales etc. Thanks so much to Alan Varey of Batsford Stud for so kindly and generously lending us one of his tractors whilst we awaited delivery of the new one. What a star Alan is.

The tractor shortly after delivery.



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