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.


The yard continues in good form, Jessica Rabbit ran a good race to come 2nd at Market Rasen on Saturday, as was Homing Star at Warwick. It’s always frustrating to finish 2nd, however both of these mares ran well and surely it’s a matter of time before they win a race.

The star of the show last week was of course FOLLOW THE SWALLOW. A great performance for a 12 year old. Another superb ride by Lilly Pinchin, Lilly is starting to be known as the Jamie Spencer of the jumps…Well timed, patient rides.

Today we run HIGH WELLS at Newton Abbot. He has been a very progressive horse this summer on the flat and now looks a better time than any to try to exploit his mark of 102 over hurdles. Kielan Woods rides him, we wish his owner Jill Phillips the best of luck. We hope High Wells brings as much success as Shady Glen did.

Many of you have been in touch regarding the winter racing club! Remember, if you want to learn anymore about the horse or the club, email us at The club, unlike many racing clubs, is limited to 20 owners, therefore each owner can have a proper involvement in the journey.

It should be a very busy week in terms of runners, lots of entries and hopefully some more winners!

Stay safe.

Kielan and High Wells having over hurdles
TB Broke Her and High Wells schooling
Follow The Swallow after his win at Uttoxeter
Gwyn on TB Broke Her
Mel and Lord Scoundrel
High Wells