Martin’s Blog 9th December

Cold and a frustrating few days especially with today’s Glenfarclas Cross Country race abandoned after yesterday’s inspection. No surprise I know but these races are few and far between and after missing November’s race and Back On The Lash being in great form, it’s very annoying. I’d love them to move today’s race to New Year’s Day but I’m not sure I can see that happening….fingers crossed.

Leicester on Wednesday was frustrating too albeit all three runners ran blinders. Dreamsundermyfeet did need the run, as we feared, but jumped the fences that weren’t removed very well and ran a belter to finish 3rd, pleasing all his owners that were present. That will put him hopefully spot on for his next appearance – he’s a big, solid horse and there is only so much you can do with them at home.

Miladygrace jumps for fun so we could have done will all of the fences being left in but, as with Dreamer’s race, the sun meant that most in the back straight were dolled off. Her jumping is her strength but she ran another huge race to finish 2nd and will no doubt get her head back in front again soon.

Spanish Present ran in the final race, the 2m 4 1/2f Hurdle race and was so unlucky to bump into a very well handicapped horse making it’s handicap debut. I thought he had the race won at the last but he was outstayed up the run in to finish 2nd. Another belter of a run but none quite managing to get into the number 1 spot….next time hopefully!

Great to see Kris from The Cotswold Larder this morning and even better that he arrived with a huge cookie thanks to Freja Thackray and her parents – much appreciated and after the mid morning break I’m sure they’ll be none left – delicious thank you. Kris watched 4th lot on the gallops too and what a stunning morning to choose.

We continue to be on weather watch as the temperatures remain so cold. We hope to be at Southwell with three runners on Sunday if it is on but Freddie’s football in Northleach is already off and no doubt Harry’s match in Broadway will follow suit shortly. There is great excitement in the house for tomorrow night’s big game though…will it be coming home?!



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