It looks likely to be a busy week with runners but surprisingly, considering it's August 1st already, the wet weather will have a huge say on where we go. We only seemed to get a proper spell of hot weather that lasted a week so it'll be disappointing if we don't get a bit of an Indian summer to make up for the damp squib we've received so far.
The rain won't stop play for our first runner as Hot Romance is on the all-weather at Chelmsford on Tuesday. It's just her second career run so it'll be another step in the learning curve for her.
On Wednesday we have entries all over the place including Yarmouth which hosts two racedays this week.
Smokey Malone and Heer's Sadie are entered on both days and I'll have a look at the declarations before deciding which one to go for. Both horses have been very consistent recently so a win for either would not be overdue.
Paintball Wizard is another entered at Yarmouth on the first day and it's the track he has run his best race at so hopefully a return there can see him fare better than he has been doing at Nottingham recently.
Also on Wednesday we have Fen Tiger up at Pontefract. He is also entered at Yarmouth on Thursday so the same comment applies to him in that I'll have a look at the declarations before committing him anywhere. His last run can be best forgotten as he is better than that so a return to his previous form should be enough for him to get his first win on the board.
The only certain runner that day is Oud Metha Bridge as he is on the all-weather at Kempton's evening fixture. A lot depends on what mood he is in but he is more than capable of winning off his current rating so let's hope he feels on a going day.
Surprisingly, there isn't usually much flat racing on a Sunday in the UK but the authorities have made up for it by putting three on one day this weekend and we will be at two of them.
Mrs Meader ran a shocker last time at Chepstow but it was a messy race run at a slow gallop so we can easily excuse it. Before that she was very reliable with a string on placings by her name so it wouldn't surprise me if she could bounce back to form this time.
Cabrini is similarly very consistent and she'll be looking to extend that run at Leicester on the same day. Seven furlongs with some give in the ground seems to be her best so fingers crossed she gets her ground at the weekend.