Martin’s Blog 6th August

Wet this morning and almost autumnal but the horses don’t mind and a quiet day for them with most doing one or two canters. Miranda Theobald and Harry Greasby in to ride out.

No visitors today but yesterday our new syndicate horse, She Has Notions, was in demand yesterday with Alix Harvey bringing her mother and her son too to watch him on the gallops and Mike Stephens was in to see him too. We are delighted to welcome them into his partnership and look forward to having plenty of fun with him. There are shares still available in him so do get in touch and come and meet him/watch him if you are interested. A bit of an odd name for a gelding but we’ve named him Nobby which is definitely a boys name!

Alix Harvey with her family, Vicki and “Nobby”

We are sad to say farewell to Anna McDonagh tomorrow after working for us full time for over and year and part time for a long time before that. She’s moving into Events Management and we wish her all the luck in the world. She’ll still be back in to ride out when she can – she will miss Big Nasty, Black Panther and Capricia in particular so will be keen to come back in and ride them. We all went to her parents’ pub this lunchtime for lunch which was great fun and Anna & Beth were very excited to meet Radio 1 DJ Greg James and his dog Barney! We think he must have heard Anna was leaving so popped in to say goodbye! Needless to say we are working on him to come up to the yard – he didn’t have enough time today!

Beth, Barney the dog, Radio 1 DJ Greg James and Anna

It’s a bit odd with no jump racing whilst we enjoy the mid summer break! It’s great to be sitting in 13th place in the Trainers’ Table on prize money after three months of racing and, if they worked out the title solely on races won we’d be sitting in 6th in the Trainer’s Title! Amazing for a small yard like ours. With £28.49 winnings to a £1 stake had you backed all our horses, we have the best return in the top 30 Jumps Trainers and our strike rate is an enviable 24%. We will be going into the autumn doing all we can to keep up this incredible strike rate.

Some of our earlier winners have gone out on their holidays now and some of those that holiday’d earlier are coming back in so it’s a busy time here and exciting too.

As part of National Racehorse Week in September we are opening our doors to the general public on Sunday 12th September so do come and visit us as we’d love to see you. There will be food and drink available and, obviously, we are situated in such a stunning part of the Cotswolds so you won’t be disappointed by the views! We will be galloping some of the horses so you will get the chance to have a good look at our facilities and meet all the team and stroke the horses when they are back in their stables too. It is free to come but you will need to register HERE – so get in touch now before it’s too late!



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