Martin’s Blog 6th October

Rain yesterday at last – we need lots more of it. I was hoping that we were having plenty on Tuesday night but sadly it was just howling wind all night.

Stratford on Monday and both horses kept up our good form in running blinders. Kazontherazz was returning from a break where she has also suffered from pollen allergy over the summer months too. I thought she may need the run a little but was thrilled with her 2nd (was booked for 3rd before a last hurdle faller). She’s been such a fun and consistent mare for The Meagher Family – she’s run 13 times and has won twice, been 2nd six times and 3rd twice. There is far more fun to come with her too and she may now go chasing.

Borderline made his 2nd start in the bumper and ran another good race to finish 3rd. He did hit a bit of a flat spot but finished well. He’s got a great attitude but is still quite green so will have another run in a bumper before going hurdling. His owners, Mike & Mella Wright, were in to see him yesterday and it’s always great to see them.

Today we have three runners at Worcester. Lady Sutton’s Bella Ciao is our first runner in the bumper. She ran a cracker at Southwell finishing 3rd before her summer break and she’s done well for the break so is entitled to come on for the run but she’s a super mare who I’m excited about when she jumps hurdles. James Best has schooled her and rides.

Debden Bank is our next runner back over hurdles as there was nothing for him suitable over fences. He’s nearly a stone lower in the handicap and has cheekpieces on again today. He goes well for James Best so will hopefully run another good race today.

Big Nasty returns over hurdles under Aidan Coleman ahead of an intended debut in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham at their November meeting. He went and schooled over those unusual fences with Back on the Lash last season and seemed to take to them well and, for a massive horse (he’s over 18hh) he’s pretty agile and light on his feet. He never carries much condition so I think he’s pretty straight for his run and, although he’s the outsider of the four runners, I don’t think he’ll finish last.

A busy day with all three runners in consecutive races. Good luck team.



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