Martin’s Blog 5th March

Cold this morning but not the frost they thought we may have. The wind chill made it feel freezing though. First lot went for a hack & canter around the Estate and surrounding fields which the horses really enjoy ending with a canter up one of our grass gallops. The other lots just cantered as all those in full work did their fast work yesterday. Katie Frisby was in 3rd lot to watch Culverwell and Carumba on the gallops.

On Wednesday night Belinda and I joined Michael Chitty (who bred Ten Past Midnight and runs his syndicate) at The Sheep on Sheep Street in Stow and had a really fun evening. Michael was then in on Thursday to watch Ten Past Midnight on the gallops and discuss his reappearance race. He’s coming along nicely. Michael & I had been to watch his half brother on the gallops at Martin Jones’ Redmarley Yard on Wednesday morning and we are all really happy with how he is doing. Martin does a great job.

On Thursday morning Birthday boy Matthew Harrison called in to see the horses and the team and, as always, it was lovely to see him. He tells us he finds visits to our team very therapeutic, which is very kind of him – I think we all definitely know how lucky we are to spend so much time with such wonderful creatures.

We also had visits from owners David Bishop, Matthew Baker and Alan Burton, all well looked after with the help of Paul Davis plus Roy Winrow – a Cheltenham Town Supporter who we are pleased to welcome into the Racing Club.

Yesterday we worked plenty of the horses including: Back On The Lash, Kalibrate, Blazing Court, Ten Past Midnight, Spanish Present, Brorson, Pay The Woman, Debden Bank, Cut & Run and Forecast.

I rushed off to catch the 2nd half of Harry’s football match at home in Broadway vs ‘Sheppey Swifts’ and Harry scored a superb header to help them win 4-0. A great game. The boys are off to watch Cheltenham Town vs Doncaster Rovers later so hopefully they have a great game and Cheltenham win.

No runners today but Sedgefield tomorrow with Breizh Alko and Brian Hughes aiming to keep him 100% strike rate going for us – currently 2-2!



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