Martin Smith Weekly Blog

The first couple of weeks of the turf season have flown by for us having a winner with Hillbilly Boy at the Lincoln meeting and last week we had our first jumps winner on a memorable Grand National day.

Just before our race at Chepstow I stood and watched Leighton Aspell win the race every jump jockey dreams of winning. Leighton and I have remained good friends since we worked together at Josh Gifford’s yard when we were 17. We had a lot in common when we first met having both ridden 9 winners on the flat at the time and always had a lot of fun together.

Leighton retried from race riding a few years ago when things weren’t going well for him and he made a big decision to get back in the saddle but I think it’s fair to say he made the right choice!! He also rode Ossie’s Dancer in his first couple of starts over hurdles and has done the majority of his schooling at home for us so seeing him win the Grand National minutes before Ossie’s Dancer won his first race was absolutely amazing!

Steve and Verity Garner who own Ossie’s Dancer were like proud parents at Chepstow. Having owned his mother Nina Ballerina, they have owned Ossie’s Dancer since birth and they have been very patient with him. Even though he showed little promise as a youngster they gave him a second chance by sending him to us and it makes me very happy to see their trust in him and us finally being rewarded.

Looking ahead we have a fantastic week in store with the 2014 turf season coming to Newmarket. Not only do we have one of the most telling 2.000 Guineas trials in the Craven but we also have the Breeze Up sales at Tattersalls. It’s a rare opportunity to watch some of the best racing prospects in action and also get a chance to see some future stars go through the sales ring.

The Craven Breeze Up sales are renowned for turning out future stars, in 2012 Rosdhu Queen was purchased for 65.000 guineas and went on to win the Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes that same year before being sold for a whopping 2.100.000 guineas in Decmeber 2013!

It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter who you are, you just have to be bold and adventurous in this sport and one day you never know…

You might just win!!!

Apologies for the late upload, Luke takes full credit for that!!! Oops

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