Martin’s Blog 2nd November

The calm before the storm? Despite weather warnings, so far we, and Stratford, have managed to dodge Storm Ciaran and let’s hope it stays that way. We are thrilled that Stratford is on and look forward to running our three horses there.

Bobbi’s Beauty returns from her summer break and makes her debut over hurdles and has done plenty of schooling at home. She had options in bumpers over the last few weeks but the ground hasn’t been suitable – Brian Hughes said she hated the quick ground at Cheltenham and was insistent we never run her on that again so patience has been key. We are hopeful of a nice debut however it’s a competitive race.

Another Day Out’s race is also competitive but we have been looking forward to running her over fences as she’s a big mare and we’ve done plenty of schooling with her at home.

She Has Notions runs in the 2m 2f Handicap Hurdle under our 10lb Claimer Harry Atkins who gave him a lovely ride last time out. We are unsure as to whether the softer ground will suit but he’s ready for a run and has to go somewhere. If he builds on his last run he should run well.

It’s been a really busy week with quite a few lovely new horses arriving which is always exciting and one on it’s way over from Ireland in the next few days too. We look forward to cracking on with them all.

Freddie has had a busy couple of days staying with Harry & Bridget Skelton and doing plenty of schooling there which is amazing experience and we are so grateful to Team Skelton for the support they give him.

Although I mentioned that we are currently missing Storm Ciaran … Warren Marston and the Condicote residents weren’t quite so lucky on Saturday night when Condicote was struck by a Tornedo! Bonkers I know in such a sleepy village but it uprooted a big tree in Warren’s garden and narrowly missed his conservatory and, further across, lots of large trees by the old Nicholson gallop where our Fun Ride is situated have also been uprooted – massive trees. It looks like a bit of a bomb site. Apart from us having a power cut for nearly 2 hours on Saturday night, the trees and buildings immediately surrounding us got off without damage thank goodness. Wazzer now has plenty of firewood for the winter!



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