Martin’s Blog 30th September

More rain but it cleared up before riding out thankfully – nothing worse than the team getting soaked all morning long.

Brorson really pleased me at Bangor yesterday finishing 3rd and showing us that he definitely needs further. Sean Bowen gave him a lovely ride, settling him when quite keen for the first half of the race then not knocking him around when it was clear his winning chance had gone. He’ll have learnt a lot from that and I wasn’t surprised to see he was the Racing Post’s eyecatcher of the day. Great to catch up with owner David Maughan and David Parry too.

Today we look forward to Oliver Ryan’s mare Found On over hurdles at Warwick after a good summer break. She’s a keen mare at home and therefore not the most straightforward but Vicki has done plenty of flat work and steady canter work on her over the summer and she looks a picture. The trip is a little on the short side but she won’t mind any extra rain that falls and she looks a bigger stronger mare than last season. Sean Bowen rides.

An hour later Beth Whittle makes her race-riding debut in the Charity Race at Warwick in aid of the Air Ambulance. She’s done plenty of work on the mechanical horse with Robert Bellamy and on her fitness and she was absolutely over the moon when Mark Boothright agreed for her to ride his Back On The Lash, a horse she looks after and rides out every day and is the absolute apple of her eye. ‘Lash Potato’, as Beth calls him, is nearing his seasonal debut and this spin will bring him on but, more importantly, he should be a nice ride for Beth and give her a really fun day whilst being competitive too. She’s raised nearly £2500 and the most important thing now is that they go out and enjoy themselves and come back in one piece. Good luck Beth! If you want to sponsor her please do so HERE

Beth with her beloved ‘Lash Potato!



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