Martin’s Blog 3rd April

Hope you all had an enjoyable Easter weekend. As with all livestock, life goes on as normal although we do our best to give the team a bit more time off over the bank holiday and a lot of the team were at Paxford Point to Point on Monday where the team had 3 runners between them.

All Lorries and even some cars had to be towed in by the fabulous group of tractor drivers on duty and embarrassingly my Range Rover got stuck and needed towing out, right next to the beer tent – to the amusement of plenty!

Somehow the team at Paxford got the racing on and, unbelievably, all the three runners that filled the Hunt Race, which opened the card, were connected to our yard! Sian Brooke’s Hung Jury (Jack Wilmot) were victorious beating Harry Stock’s ‘Chenery’, who won it last year, by 1 1/4 lengths. Freddie rode Sametegal, who he’d won on at Didmarton, and made much of the running but he was just too keen on the heavy ground and he tired with Freddie sensibly pulling him up before 2 out. The Stewards then wanted a word with him…but it was to congratulate him for pulling him up – a decision they said was mature beyond his years – proud parents! Sian also won the Best Turned Out prize and a trophy for the Meeting’s leading lady trainer so a really successful day for her.

Chenery (left) & Hung Jury (right) tracking Sametegal

Hilariously a few of you apparently fell for our ‘April Fool’ on Monday when I shared on social media that I’d ‘jocked off’ Freddie in the Hunt Race and I’d transferred to riding Sametegal in the Heavyweight Division instead! We are glad it raised a smile or two but don’t worry, I now keep my feet firmly on the ground!

Sarah & Leigh Powell came to support the Team at the Point to Point and were in yesterday watching their horses on the gallops before we all went to Batsford Stud to see their yearlings plus we saw our own Cut & Run and her foal Freddie turned out in the field. It’s stunning at Batsford and Alan, Anna and their team do such a great job and are always so welcoming. A delicious lunch at The Lygon Arms in Broadway followed. Thank you Sarah & Leigh.

Cut & Run and foal ‘Freddie’ at Batsford



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