I was delighted with the run of the N.E.T. Racing Club's Grand Duchess Olga at Chelmsford on Saturday evening after she finished second, beaten just a neck.
We bought her in July to give the Club some fun but her first run for us at Beverley was very underwhelming. I knew though that she would improve a lot for that effort and so it proved with a fantastic run this time, only being worn down late by the winner.
She is versatile with regards to distance and ground so should be a lovely addition to the Club's roster of horses running alongside Corporate Raider.
We're on the road early this week with a pair of runners at Brighton on Monday, both in the same race.
It's not ideal to run horses against each other but both Heer's Sadie and Spanish Mane run over the same distance and thrive on the unique undulations at Brighton so it's just a case of them wanting the same conditions.
Spanish makes the running whilst Sadie is a hold-up horse so they won't bother each other during the race but hopefully they can battle it out for the win at the end of it. Both horses have had a successful summer with two wins each but I think it might be hard for Spanish to give Sadie a stone in weight on the handicap but you never know.
On Wednesday we will again have two in the same race with Scotch Mist and Trinidad Calypso at Southwell. They too both want the same distance and soft ground but there isn't an ideal race on the turf so they end up here on the all-weather.
Scotch would have the better chance of the two as she is a bit more street-wise and she seems in good form with herself at home. Trinidad is still learning about the game but will find life easier now that she is in handicap races and running over two miles.
The final entry for the week will be Mrs Meader at Haydock on Thursday. She was disappointing last time but the pace of the race was very stop-start which wouldn't have suited her. We will only be going if the ground is soft enough so we will keep an eye on conditions with a warm week forecast.