Week 3 in lockdown
Fantastic news that we return to the tier system on 2nd of December!
Our second week of the Tuesday Takeover and this week Izzie Marshall takes the reins. Izzie had her first ride for me in May 2019 and rode my 3rd ever winner on Cloudy Joker.
Over to Izzie…
’As an avid reader of Max’s weekly blog, I am honoured to have a go writing myself this week… a lot to live up to!
I was very excited to be asked by Max back in 2019 to ride one of his stable stars, Cloudy Joker, in a Ladies Open at Cold Harbour PTP. At this time, Joker had been absent from racing for 3 years due to injuries when in training with Donald McCain. However, with an OR of 120 under rules, I was keen to take the ride on the old pro! Despite being an older horse and his lengthy absence, Joker hadn’t lost any enthusiasm, finishing a very respectable 2nd in a competitive race. Joker has definitely relished in Max’s
smaller yard and he is still as enthusiastic as ever. Joker and I then went on to win a conditions race at Tabley P2P, which was a brilliant day for the Jump On Board Partnership and everyone involved in
getting the horse back to his former self. Our final run of the season was in the Ladies Open Final Hunter Chase at Stratford Racecourse. Despite a step up in grade, Joker ran better than ever, leading the whole way and jumping the last fence upsides in front. Unfortunately Joker and I came down, which was very
frustrating to say the least! However, he had run brilliantly, and we were both unscathed and ready for
Max and I have now become good friends, and I visit the yard to ride out once a week to school, gallop and canter the horses. It is always a good day at the yard as the close-knit team are laugh to be around,
and I do love the stunning setting of it in the Cotswold countryside. Max has excellent facilities on site, and we often take the horses away to gallop at Nigel Twiston-Davies’ yard and school at Maurice Linehan’s on grass.
Max has a varied yard, consisting of exciting young horses and older stable stars. I definitely have a soft spot for Cloudy Joker, but new addition to yard, Heist, has caught my eye. As a son of Galileo, they don’t come much better bred. He is well put together and does everything at home with a lot of enthusiasm and ease, I’m looking forward to his debut this season. Another horse to follow in my opinion is Prove Me
Wrong. I rode her on the first day of the season at Bishops Court, running very well to get a placing before being brought down at the last. She is a gutsy mare and hopefully will come up through the ranks
I have been involved with horses and racing ever since I can remember. My Dad was in the Household Cavalry and my Mum took me out hunting every Saturday, Pony Club Camps, pony racing, Shetland
grand nationals at Olympia, team chasing, show jumping – anything and everything! This inevitably led me to point to pointing and since being based with Alan and Lawney Hill Racing for 4 years, I have
managed to achieve lots of goals, including National Lady Novice Champion 2016/17 and 2nd in the National Ladies Championship for 2 consecutive years. I hope to continue this success in years to come and I’m looking forward to partnering many more of Max’s horses.
As well as being an amateur jockey, I am in my third and final year at the University of Reading, studying Business and Management. I’m hoping to use my degree to start a career in the business side of racing in the future, something I am very interested in.
Hopefully we can get back to the muddy point to point fields soon, and in the meantime, we can expect even more rain this week, so wellies and brollies at the ready!
Cloudy Joker and Izzie Marshall (and Zack)
Cloudy Joker winning at Tabley
Schooling Madame Hannah at the yard
Cotswolds Misty mornings
horse to follow… Heist
Horse to follow… Prove Me Wrong
Gorgeous Cotswold mornings