You wouldn't know it judging by the temperatures but we are heading in to autumn and the Arc meeting at Longchamp this weekend usually means that the turf season is winding down as we head in to winter. The evenings are definitely drawing in but the nights are still mild. Despite the temperatures, a few of the horses are starting to gown their winter coats which goes to show that it has more to do with their natural light rhythms rather than getting cold. Hopefully it is a while yet before I have to get the clippers out and do the dreaded clipping jobs.
We got lucky in Newmarket this week by avoiding all the rain that has hit the rest of the country recently. The ground was good to firm for racing here whilst Ffos Las over the other side of the country was called off today due to water-logging.
We have a few horses who will appreciate some soft ground so hopefully they can get the conditions they need.
Scotch Mist is one horse who likes to get her toe in so fingers crossed it'll be soft enough for her to run at Nottingham on Wednesday. She has been a bit disappointing since running in handicaps but she came back from Southwell last time with an infection in her leg so can be forgiven for that run. She has been going well at home so hopefully she can fare better on the track.
Corporate Raider on the other hand has barely let us down all summer with a string of consistent efforts. He seemed to stay 1m4f at Epsom last time but dropping back to 1m2f on this occasion shouldn't bother him and I expect him to be involved at the finish once again at Chelmsford on Thursday, a track I think will suit him.
The N.E.T. Racing Club will be doubly represented that evening with Grand Duchess Olga also entered. She was a very brave winner at the course last time and only went up 2lb in the ratings for it so I think she is still on a competitive mark. Stepping up to two miles shouldn't bother her either and I hope she can run well, providing she recovers in time from a non-contagious rash which she came out in over the weekend.