Martin’s Blog 31st March

It’s the end of March and the year is flying by. As we head towards the end of the 2021/2022 season we are so proud of what we have achieved with our small team here and huge credit to hard work from the team and to the support of our owners and friends. We aren’t finished yet though and would love to add more winners to our already record breaking tally of 42 winners, a huge 8 winners ahead of our previous best! Fantastic!

Not enough rain for our intended runners this Saturday so what was looking like being a bit of a logistical problem now isn’t but a shame as they are in good form. There’s always another day though.

Not rain but a bit of snow here this morning during 3rd & 4th lot and the wind chill factor all morning has been absolutely freezing. Not pleasant conditions for riding out in.

Somehow I missed reporting on Forecast’s run for us last Friday, his first since re-joining our yard – apologies for that. He is now part of our Racing Club and we were absolutely thrilled with his run under a super and sympathetic ride from James Best. Top marks to Newton Abbot for putting on good prize money and with 4 runners becoming 3 with a non-runner we were hopeful he’d be at least able to jump around safely for nearly £2k of prize money which is always much needed for our Racing Club. He cruised around, jumping for fun albeit pulling a little too hard to make me convinced he’d be able to finish strongly as I feared he’d need the run anyway, and did better than that and even looked like he would challenge for the lead as he turned for home with the favourite beaten. However, as predicted he did get tired but James let him pop the last and he finished an honorable 2nd winning the Club over £3,000. We are going to have lots of fun with him I’m sure and he’s A1 since too.

This morning Katy Barr brought Cloud Formation for a gallop as he nears his return into full training with us. He looks fabulous. The rest of the team here just did one canter on an easy day as we have been busy working and schooling too over the past couple of days.



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