Monday, 28th September 2020 | Sunny Intervals | 5°
It’s beginning to feel like winter now, the sun is still shining but we were down to single figures when driving into the yard this morning. We’re in ‘sun rise season’ now and I’m sure plenty of photographs of bright orange skies will emerge in the coming weeks.
Some news about a couple of our older horses…
The decision was taken last week to retire STYNES. He has been an absolute legend of a horse winning 9 times in his career (7 times for us). He was a hugely versatile racehorse winning multiple races on the flat, over hurdles and over fences. He also won on good ground and soft ground, although he always preferred a sound surface. He has given his owners some fantastic days over the years and he owes us nothing. He retires a happy horse that can go into doing something a little less strenuous than racing.
Another horse that will be enjoying a happy retirement is SHADY GLEN. He is possibly the most loved horse in the world, not only by the staff here but by his owner Jill Phillips. Shady Glen was himself a winner of 6 races, 5 under rules and a point to point. He absolutely loved jumping fences and won 3 of his races at Market Rasen, he was a specialist there. He has been a fantastic servant to the yard and he will retire here at Martins Hill. It’s always been his home and he is part of the furniture here. He will still be ridden and I’m sure Jill will be spoiling him with plenty of carrots when she comes to visit.