Martin’s Blog 8th May

Ridiculously wet yesterday morning! I know we’ve needed the rain but today was awful for the team when they were riding out and not much fun for our owners that came to watch too – hardly souls!

James Best, Harry Stock and Harry Greasby were in and we worked quite a few including Mr Mafia, Found On, Reve, Goldie’s Lovingit, Be Thankful, Capricia, Herecomeshogan, Mozzaro, Brianna Rose, Pinnacle Peak, Witness Protection, Cut And Run, Dreamsundermyfeet, Pay The Woman and Cloud Formation.

Matthew Baker and Paul Davis were in first lot along with Jason Richards. Gavin & Rachel Fletcher brought their girls to watch Capricia on the gallops and they didn’t seem to mind the awful weather – hardy girls! So good having owners back to visit us.

At Worcester on Wednesday we retired Solstice Star as he seemed really well at home, the physios were very happy with him, he was working well and had been given a chance by the Handicapper but…still ran disappointingly. Just short of winning £100,000 and with 9 wins from 50 starts (49 for us) whilst it would have been wonderful for him to retire having won a race, he simply owes us nothing and it is so important that he finishes sound and in one piece – I’m compiling a full blog dedicated to him but there is so much to write it’s not yet finished! Cul De Poule sadly suffered a recurrence of a tendon injury that saw him off the track for over a couple of years so we are monitoring it and he may well now be forced into retirement. So glad we won with him at Worcester for the Allsops’ in 2018 and quite amazing that we got him back to the track at all after his initial injury.

Happy owners – Worcester 2018 after Cul wins at 40-1

Samtara, also owned by Roger & Yvonne Allsop, ran another really good race to be 2nd once again! He was beaten far enough this time though so it wasn’t an agonising 2nd on this occasion but we’d obviously much prefer him to win and he surely deserves that soon.

Two meetings today but down to 3 runners from 4 as the rain hasn’t come at Plumpton, frustratingly, so I’m not running Sarasota Star there. However Miss Antipova (James Best) still goes and should have a great chance after some really exciting recent runs. James gets on very well with her so good luck to her owners Alan & Anna Varey from Batsford Stud.

Miss Antipova at home

At Ludlow Back on the Lash returns to fences. He made his chasing debut at Carlisle in the autumn where he ran a blinder to finish 3rd. He then had a few niggles over the winter and returned at Cheltenham in April over hurdles where he was run off his feet on quicker ground. Sean Bowen is on board today and we originally bought him from Sean’s parents as a youngster so there is quite a possibility Sean may have broken him in! I’m sure Beth will ask him today! He is in great order and I hope will go well.

The Serendipity Syndicate’s Ten Past Midnight runs over hurdles up in trip and with Fergus Gregory on board claiming 3lbs. He should appreciate the slower surface if the rain has got into the ground. Good luck to all.

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