This blog is certainly a lot easier to write after a winner and thankfully this is the fourth week running that I've been able to report some good news. Wilson was the star this time and he was our second winner by the minimum distance (a nose) this year after Highway Robbery won by the same distance earlier this month.
Wilson had shown himself to be in good form with a third place finish last time over the same course and distance but we thought the drier ground on this occasion might play against him so it was a surprise to see him coming with a late rattle and getting his nose in front on the line under a superb ride from Josh Bryan. His syndicate of owners love just going racing so winning as well made it an extra special day.
It was a relatively quiet week on the racetrack otherwise with Highway Robbery, Raha and Noble Account all running ok and we came away learning a bit more about them all.
Yarmouth hosts a fixture this week so we'll be out in force there but there's some good chances before then.
Gas Monkey has a couple of entries but Newbury on Tuesday looks the most likely target providing the ground dries up. He will be stepping up to 1m3f which should be within his capabilities but he does need to be given the perfect ride so hopefully Sean Kirrane can deliver him at the right time in this apprentice jockeys' race. Gas Monkey looked a much better horse when wearing a hood and winning at Yarmouth last time so fingers crossed there is more to come and he can give the N.E.T. Racing Club more to shout about
We have three entries at Leicester on Thursday but there are loads of runners in each race so I doubt any of them will run but Exning Queen will take her chance at Newmarket on that same day. She has built upon each of her two career runs and this race will be some more experience for her before she qualifies for handicap races.
As mentioned, we'll have a strong raiding party heading to Yarmouth on Friday to try and continue our good season by the seaside and the best chance could be with our first runner New Expo who ran a blinder at the track last time to finish 3rd at 100/1. He has come out of the race really well and seems to be getting the hang of things now whilst the extra distance should suit him too.
Telekinetic is another to have run well at Yarmouth this year but ran below par last time just a week after her previous run. Maybe the race came too soon for her so she has been freshened up and can hopefully get back to form here.
Also hoping to bounce back is Spanish Mane who ran as if low on confidence last time following her crashing fall the time before. Physically there is nothing wrong with her and we've been trying to fill her with confidence at home. If it works, she is very well handicapped and ready to win on firm ground.
Closer to home on Friday we have a couple of entries in the same race at Newmarket.
I'd prefer to run Approve The Dream at Leicester on Thursday but he probably won't get in so Newmarket looks the next best option. He didn't like the soft ground at Yarmouth last time but his great attitude saw him run well despite this. He loves to bowl along in front and make the running so Newmarket's July Course should suit him.
Boxatricks is also in the same race and would ideally go to Yarmouth the day before but I doubt he'll get a run so this may be his race. He seemed to prefer the softer ground when third last time but I doubt he'll get those conditions here.
Rounding off the week will be Miss Green Dream at Windsor on Saturday. She almost got her first win on the board at Yarmouth but ran out of gas towards the finish and filled second place. She has been to the races since then but pulled a front shoe off on the way to the start so couldn't run. It may have been a blessing in disguise as I don't think she would have liked the soft ground in hindsight so she goes here a bit fresher than she would have been. The track should suit her and I hope she can run well again. It'll be the N.E.T. Racing Club's third runner of the week and with Casey Banter running the following Monday that'll be all four of the Club's horses running in a week...fantastic value for £200 per year membership! Find out more on our OWNERSHIP page.
Four To Follow Standings
This time last week I never would have thought that we would have seen the rain that we did this week and it caused havoc with the running plans but thankfully we still came out of it all with a winner. Most of our horses went to the races without us actually knowing if they would handle soft ground as it had been so long since we had it but the only way to find out is by trying your luck on it and all bar one actually went well with some cut in the ground.
Oud Metha Bridge is in a rich vein of form at the moment and doubled his tally for the season with another Yarmouth success after a narrow second place in between. After torrential rain all day, I had my doubts whether he would go on the ground but jockey Sean Kirrane seemed confident he would and he was proven correct as Oud cruised through the race and won with a bit in hand. He is a gentleman of a horse who has his own mind about things but is easy to work with once you know how he thinks.
There were plenty of other good efforts through the week with Boxatricks getting back to form with a third place as well as Sir Fred and Approve The Dream running respectably despite conditions not to their liking.
Looking ahead to this week, it'll be a bit quieter as we sadly haven't got a horse good enough for Royal Ascot but at least that means I can enjoy watching it on the TV, apart from on Tuesday when we will be in action at Brighton with two runners.
Both Wilson and Highway Robbery will be heading to the south coast in great from after some good recent performances, including a win by Highway Robbery last time for which he went up 6lbs in the weights. It shouldn't be too much of a hinderance though and the only thing stopping him will be his ability to handle the unique track but he did have a run there last year in a maiden race.
Wilson has loads of course form and was an eye catcher last time when flying home to finish third. A repeat of that run would see him go very close.
After that we won't be racing again until the weekend when Noble Account is entered at Newmarket on Friday and Saturday. We will pick whichever race looks best for him but it will be his third career run and he will be eligible for handicap races after this. He will wear a hood this time to help him settle after racing a bit too keenly last time.
Raha is also entered but will likely run the following week.
Our two-year olds haven't been seen much recently with just Alibaba making his debut last week at Leicester, an experience he will improve a lot for. Ride & Prejudice has been given a bit of time to strengthen up as has Lily Bonnette and both seem to have done well for the time off and will be out again very soon.
Four To Follow Leaderboard
Ann Buy 102
Sue Morris 98
Linda Weston 88
Mark Jackson 87
Stephen Broadley 85
George Hall 84
Rita Aspland 84
Jim Stevens 83
Andy Condon 83
Philip Gunning 83