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Stable Talk with Gloucestershire racehorse trainer Martin Keighley

By GlosRacing  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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We've had a quiet week on the runners front and a rather frustrating one too with Seymour Eric and Brukirk Lass getting all the way to Sheffield before Sedgefield was abandoned.

Sadly, that is just one of those things as you have to set off in plenty of time and if the inspections are delayed you just have to pray it goes your way.

It wasn't without problems getting Eric to Huntingdon races yesterday, though, as the horsebox broke down when it had only just gone past Shipston-on-Stour and we then had a frantic hour of ringing around trying to find a replacement lorry. 

Luckily our near next door neighbour and fellow trainer Mary Hambro kindly lent us her lorry.

Racing's a great game to be in because although we are all in competition with each other, in times of crisis of whatever nature we all seem to pull together and help each other out.  

The hassles of the week were forgotten, though, when Seymour Eric produced another gutsy win making it three out of three since he joined us in the summer. 

Ian Popham gave him a great ride and despite an awful mistake at the last hurdle, Eric pulled out all the stops and eventually won going away by two and a quarter lengths.

Today we are at Kempton with our stable star Champion Court, who is having his 'prep' run for the Cheltenham Festival in the kempton.co.uk Graduation Chase (3.25pm).

He only has two other rivals and it would be brilliant if he could have an enjoyable experience and get his head in front before heading to Cheltenham next month. My only other runner there is Annacotty, who is making his debut for us in the bumper.

It is a competitive-looking event but I like him a lot and would be disappointed if he didn't put up a bold show – we'll certainly know a lot more about him after today.

This weekend I may have a few runners and most have a couple of options.

These include stable favourite Mauricetheathlete, who won recently at Chepstow beating stablemate Always Bold, and One More Cookie and Faultless Feelings.  I had hoped Faultless Feelings would be running today at Kempton but he got balloted out, which was a shame. 

With so many recent meetings being lost, there are lots of horses desperate for a run and it is frustrating when you are the wrong side of the ballot. 

After a quiet spell with hardly any runners it would be great to get one or more back into the winners' enclosure and reward the team for their hard work during the cold and snow.

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