Martin’s Blog 9th May

Southwell bound with six runners for the team tonight so a busy evening at a track that has been lucky for us – let’s hope that continues!

Our first runner at 5.20pm is Capricia (Sean Bowen) who returns after a horror fall at Southwell last time when the race was surely at her mercy. Huge thanks to all the team at Bourton Vale Equine Clinic who repaired her facial injuries and a nasty cut on her leg too along with Ernie here who continued that care. Hopefully that fall isn’t remembered but we’ll see. Amazing to get her back to the track and I would love nothing more for her to run a blinder for not only her supportive owners but for Capricia herself too.

The second race of the day, at 5.50pm, we are doubly represented with Dreamsundermyfeet (Rex Dingle) and Reve (Sean Bowen) who both ran at the same meeting on the same day three months ago but not against each other! Dreamer loves Southwell and Reve is back to a winnable mark so hopefully both will be straight enough on their reappearances to run big races.

The bumper at 6.20pm sees Western Safire make her racecourse debut for the Williamson family and Patrick Cowley is in the saddle who knows her really well. She’s a mare who is nicely bred and looks a lovely sort so will hopefully take it all in on her first start and run a promising race for her enthusiastic owners.

In the 5th race at 7.20pm Duke of Luckley (Sean Bowen) runs in the colours of Stefan Hibbert for the first time and seems in good form at home. Long term he is no doubt a chaser but it would be great to be able to pick up a hurdle race or two along the way.

Last but not least we have Matthew Baker’s Brianna Rose in the concluding Handicap Hurdle at 8.20pm under Sean Bowen. She’s returning after a break and has been pleasing me at home. Everything crossed for a successful evening.

Kazontherazz ran an absolute blinder for us at Warwick on Saturday night with nearly all of The Meagher Family in attendance. She did everything right including winging the last where a good jump was needed but was frustratingly caught up the run in to finish 2nd, 10 lengths clear of the 3rd horse. What a shame but her owners were absolutely over them moon and huge cheers and celebrations in their box – heaven knows what it would have been like had she kept her head in front! Let’s hope we find out soon. She did go a little wobbly afterwards after giving her all – it was quite warm there too – so thanks to the vet and the team there for their help. She’s fine now.

A thrilling weekend at Badminton Horse Trials and a massive well done to Kitty King for finishing 7th on her stunning grey Vendredi Biats and also to local rider Laura Collett for winning the title having led from the dressage phase. Fabulous performances and also thanks to Kay Scriven, Spillers and Mars Equestrian for looking after Belinda & friend Chris Dee so well – they had a superb day yesterday and it sounds as if they wanted for nothing! I was sorting today’s runners from home plus watching Freddie play a brilliant match for his team Northleach Woolies at Cirencester where they won 6-2 and he scored twice. Well done lads and great to end the season in 4th place in their League.

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