Martin’s Blog 9th April

Happy Easter everyone. Whilst we are en route to Ffos Las with two runners, hopefully most of you are having a relaxing day with your families and not consuming too much chocolate!

Batsford Stud’s Miss Antipova is our first runner in the Mares’ Handicap Chase under James Best and then Peso In My Pocket is in the concluding bumper for Andrew & Louise Jones. He is making his debut for us and has done everything asked of him at home. He was 2nd in a point to point in October and the winner, Tullyhill, who beat him just a neck looks very smart so it will be very interesting to see how Peso goes today in a very competitive bumper.

Thanks for all your continued messages regarding Foxy’s accident. He’s at home and as comfortable as he can be and already bored and no doubt frustrated too. We miss him hugely here but the most important thing is for him to mend properly. The team here are rallying around and I’m really grateful to them too.

On Thursday we headed to Hereford with two mares. Bella Ciao will visit wind surgeon Ben Brain again when he’s back from holiday whilst Another Day Out finished 3rd. She ran a solid race following up her recent 2nd place and will now have a well earned holiday. She’s been on the go in Ireland for quite some time and we really look forward to a fun season, I’m sure, with her next season. A fun day with Belinda and all of Another Day Out’s bunch of owners and we gave a lift to neighbour Charles Dingwall too and he certainly made our journey to Hereford and back far more enjoyable!

Another Day Out’s support crew

On Friday we headed to Cheltenham with Freddie and his pony Miss Millfield for their Pony Racing Day and it was a wonderful day in glorious sunshine. So many happy children thoroughly enjoying the wonderful opportunity at riding on such a famous racecourse – it was wonderful to see and showcased our sport in the best possible way and a huge thank you to all those people who made it possible. Freddie and Gavin & Suzanne Hughes’ Miss Millfield followed up their Ascot Monday win with their first Cheltenham winner, winning cosily in front of very proud parents and a bunch of friends too – a very special day.

Far more stylish than his parents already! Photo thanks to Henry Kinchin
Climbing the famous hill….
Winning smiles. Thanks to Pete Wilson for such brilliant photos
Family Keighley with Evan Hughes and our sponsor & great friend Neil Lloyd
Advice from a Champion – Dickie Johnson also had his two sons in action

Yesterday over 30 Cotswold Lockdowners descended upon us to watch their beloved Herecomeshogan put through his paces by Ernie and fed a lorry load full of polos! Never have I smelt ‘polo air’ so strongly than after Hogan had been treated by his owners after he’d been ridden!

Shiny Hogan!



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