Martin’s Blog 9th January

Heading off to Taunton today with Kalibrate (James Best) and Blazing Court (Adam Wedge) who will both hopefully continue their education and build on their earlier runs. Kalibrate has been very disappointing but is a big baby and you only have to look at him to see that he’s a horse that needs time – he shows us so much at home but the penny still hasn’t dropped on the racecourse as yet. Blazing Court has finished 5th in both his bumpers and we hope he builds on his hurdling debut recently.

No runners over the weekend but a busy Saturday with Matthew Baker, Jon Hughes, Stefan and Gwyneth Hibbert, Pat Horne and Paul Davis in to watch the horses on the gallops and brave the horizontal rain and wind! What a dreadful morning but the horses went well and that warmed the visitors up!

Fortunately Harry’s football match was on and, with no runners, I was able to go and watch and I was thrilled that I could as they played really well, winning 4-1 with the help of a hat-trick from Harry and go top of the league…still a way to go but they are hungry to try and win after just missing out last season.

Hat-trick Harry!

Belinda and I were out for supper on Saturday night with Belinda’s Godmother Anita and her husband Andrew at The Old Stocks in Stow on the Wold where they were staying. The food was absolutely delicious and it was a fabulous evening and so good to catch up with Anita & Andrew who we’d had to postpone before Christmas when I was poorly. They called into the yard yesterday morning too to see the improvements since their last visit and have a look at the horses too.

I had too many updates and owner videos to try and get through after morning stables yesterday so wasn’t able to watch Freddie play football in Cirencester (after riding 3 lots out!). They reportedly played really well despite a 1-4 final score – they were playing the top of the league so knew it was going to be tough. I think both boys have gone back to school for a rest!



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