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10th February 2023

Ciaran Gething's blog today..

10 degrees driving home from Doncaster yesterday...spring is definitely in the air.

Today is a busy day but no racing or riding out for me. Firstly, I'm off to pick up a new car, jockeys go through cars like underpants! I had my previous car for 12 months and I racked up over 40,000 miles. That's alot of time sat with your own thoughts. The radio, audiobooks, podcasts and bringing Matt racing make the journeys a little more interesting and the latter makes the journey twice as long....

I'm off to Milton Bradley's funeral today. He was a great man and was a genius trainer of sprinters. I rode a couple of horses for Milton over hurdles, they were normally big strong sprinters that needed a bit of sweetening up so he'd run them over obstacles. They took abit of handling. I lived with Chris Davies, Milton's Grandson, for 5 years while we worked at Philip Hobbs’s. Chris is a good friend now for over 10 years.

I'm then off to pick my Mum up from Birmingham Airport. She's over for 4 days. Her idea of a holiday is coming over and staying with Kate and I, cooking and cleaning. I'm happy with that, my weight not so much…

I've been riding out at Thorndale now since the first week of lockdown. It took me a good while to find my feet with the set up but it's coming up to 3years now and I definitely feel part of the team. I'm happy to fill in the gaps when David is elsewhere. 

Last Saturday I had no rides so I went to watch Ireland beat Wales in the Principality Stadium. Cardiff is a great city and there is some atmosphere around the place when the rugby is on. England were beaten by Scotland too so Saturday couldn't have been much better. I'm a big sports fan and especially if Ireland is involved or anyone Irish for that matter.

Southwell and Doncaster the last two days all horses ran well and managed to get one of them home in front. Must be a good filly. Sedge Wren is trained by Stuart Edmunds. Stuart has been a huge supporter of mine since I was claiming and we've nearly had 100 winners together. 

Hopefully I haven't bored you too much and you'll have Kim back soon. I spoke to him yesterday and he was in good spirits.



Leigh Pollard, our travelling head lass takes over the blog for tomorrow..

You will all be delighted to know that Kim will be back in the office and back to writing his blog from Monday.

It was minus 5 first thing this morning.. The last of the cold starts.. warmer but not wetter..

Kim was up in the yard on crutches.. a fleeting visit..thankfully he missed the icy patches.

We don't have any runners today but Brendas Asking ran a blinder in the bumper at Huntingdon yesterday to finish third. We are really pleased with her and she looks to be a nice staying filly going forwards.