Martin’s Blog 3rd October

The Kvilleken ran a good race yesterday to finish 3rd and had he not been badly hampered on the home turn he’d have been 2nd. Frustrating but not a winner missed and another solid run – he’s such a great horse for the Racing Club as he usually gives them a reason to shout him on and is often in the winners’ enclosure.

Thady Quil just found the rain softened ground too soft for him but he’s home safe and sound and gave our yard Amateur Ash Hark another ride and more experience which is so important. It’s also important to reward those that work hard so I’m always keen to give rides to members of the team when possible.

I’m sure no-one there had a better time than Freddie though yesterday as he and his schoolmates from Temple Guiting School spent the day with the Racing To School team learning maths through racing. Jo McCain and Carrie Ford were in charge of them and I’m sure they’ve not had a more racing orientated group to teach before! Belinda went too and said it was so interesting and even the adults were learning plenty! Carrie remarked that they were the first group not to be surprised that grown men wore tights under their breeches! Freddie was allowed to stay with us and happily waved the bus and his friends goodbye after the 1st race and he was still buzzing this morning. What a great initiative and let’s hope it inspires children to love racing and maybe consider a career in some form connected to racing in the future.

Just one runner today – Bobble Emerald runs over hurdles at Southwell. The Handicapper is starting to give him a bit of a chance so he’s able to drop in grade to a 0-110 race today so if he can handle carrying top weight he’d have an each way chance today. He seems well at home.