Martin’s Blog 7th May

We had our first runner of the 2024/2025 season yesterday at Kempton Park with David Maughan’s Redbridge Rambler under Harry Atkins. He could have done without the heavy rain they had and he didn’t really settle so pulled hard and didn’t quite see out the trip but a solid run for 3rd.

Just a weeks’ break for the jumps but we had a couple of runners on the flat and it was great to give Louise Chance a ride in an Amateur race on Enforcement for our Racing Club at Wolverhampton where she gave him a great ride. He was 125-1 so was always going to be up against it but they were far from disgraced and I just wish there were more opportunities to get Amateurs going but the races on the flat and over jumps are frustratingly few and far between.

We have two runners today and, unlike jockeys who are restricted to one meeting a day, timings mean that I am able to saddle them both. Steve Sugden’s Oneforthefairgreen heads to Fakenham for a Mares’ Maiden hurdle where she will undoubtedly find life easier than at Cheltenham last time out however she will have learnt a lot from that experience and that was the plan before starting the new season still a novice.

I then head to Southwell to saddle Foxtrot Racing’s Witness Protection who runs in the 2m 4 1/2f Handicap Hurdle under James Best. He is the outsider of the field but seems in good form at home so will hopefully outrun his odds.

I was at Eyton on Severn point to point yesterday as Assistant Trainer supporting Belinda and watching Freddie who rode both his veteran 15 year old point to pointers. Sametegal ran a super race to finish a very close 2nd and Mr Mafia also ran a belter in a competitive Novice Riders race to finish 3rd. Both horses are superb schoolmasters for 16 year old Freddie and are loving their job teaching him the ropes.

Before Sametegal with Richard Burton
Sametegal & Freddie on their way to a fabulous 2nd place

The sun shone and it was fabulous to catch up with lots of friends and a big well done to the team at Eyton headed by Freddie’s godfather Richard Burton who, in his role as Chairman of the point to point, had the very important job of assisting wife Hannah in charge of the Numbers Board! The last time we were at Eyton was in 2006 when Hannah gave our own horse Prince Dundee a peach of a ride to get up in the closing stages to win the Ladies Open.

Hannah & Bertie in charge of the numbers board

2006 – Jubilation when the result of the ‘photo finish’ was called
With David Cull & David Phipps.

Back to school for Freddie & Harry today and dreaded GCSE’s starting for Freddie on Friday albeit hopefully a spin at Newton Abbot in the bumper on Wednesday as long as it passes today’s lunchtime Inspection! Perfect preparation for Biology GCSE!

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