14th of January
Lord Vestey's Marten showed great resolution to win the bumper at Warwick last week. He was far too keen at Doncaster when we made the running on his first start and weakened into fifth so we decided to give him plenty of cover. He didn't really pick the bridle up at all in the early stages and looked green at times. It is testament to his ability that turning for home he swooped around the outside and won nicely going away under hands and heels. It was a lovely intelligent ride from David Bass and I we were thrilled to get our first winner for Lord Vestey. We have always thought he was very nice at home so its great to see him transform it to the track.
High Bridge was again very impressive at Catterick earlier in the week. He travelled well through the race, he and 'Top Tug' readily cleared away from the field half way down the back and really motored on. It was great to see them head to head but it was an even better sight to see High Bridge clear away between the last two hurdles and win decisively by 9 lengths. There are areas we still need to work on but he looks like a very exciting horse for the remainder of the season. Alex continues to fire in the winners both on the flat and over the sticks and it is great to see him ride with such confidence.
During the week we sadly lost Newton Thistle. His wonderful owner/breeders John and Nina Foxon sent Thistle to Ben to train in his first season providing the team with a horse anyone would love to have. Thistle loved Mud and in Particular the mud at Towcester winning 4 races at the Northamptonshire track he was rarely out of the first 3 round there.
He was one of the kindest horses to be around and his loss has left a huge hole in the yard. We will miss greatly.
Today we have another Blomfields horse, Jaleo, running in the illustrious Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton. He ran a great race for us last time out at Lingfield when he won by a length but in the end looked a shade cosy. He will again be ridden by Alex Ferguson and we are hopeful of a big run again.
Also in the Lanzarote we have Local Show who was a great flag bearer for us last season. He ran in the Hennessy but made a bad mistake early on and couldn't get back in the race. He has schooled very well over hurdles and if the ground is slow enough he should run a good race.
Silvergrove also runs today in the 3m handicap chase at Kempton. He won around here last season and seems back to his best at home.
Also today we have Knight To Open who runs for the first time for us in his first hurdle. He is a very honest horse and will hopefully take to this well.
At Warwick we run Willoughby Court in a 2m 5f grade 2 Leamington Spa Novice hurdle. He won well at Warwick over this trip in last run and ground should also suit. He is in fantastic order at home and should hopefully put in a good performance.
We also have the likes of Raven's Tower, Creep Desbois and running today at Weatherby. Creep is a lovely novice and ran very nicely at Newbury first time out and should run another nice race today. Raven's may find the ground a bit tacky but has been in good form all season.
Tomorrow we have Perfect Pirate, Red Indian, Uncle Percy and Dolatulo up at Kelso. It would be great to come home with some good results from a lovely bunch of horses. Both Perfect Pirate and Red Indian won last time out so will be carrying penalties which is never easy but are again working well at home.
A very busy weekend!