The weeks of the year keep flying by and it is Arc weekend already in Paris. It's normally soft ground there at this time of year but it looks like it'll be extra soft this year after a recent downpour. It has been similar here and there's plenty of soft ground around the country which will affect running plans.
Luckily our first runners of the week won't be affected by the rain as they are on the all-weather at Kempton on Tuesday evening.
Sir Gregory hasn't progressed from his early promise but is coming down in the ratings as a result. The visor perked up him a bit last time so we've left it on and hopefully he can find some form.
Mrs Meader's run last time is best forgotten as the wide draw went against her and then she found the ground too firm. It's her first go on the all-weather in a while but she has run well on it in the past and I can see her running a big race if getting luck in running. She deserves to win after some near-misses this season so fingers crossed she can run well.
The other runners for the week come the following day on Wednesday at Nottingham.
Engrave is best-known as an all-weather winner but there aren't many suitable opportunities for a while so she's having a run on the grass this time. The soft ground is a bit of an unknown but she's big mare who should get through it and, at the worst, this race will keep her fit for the all-weather next time.
There are loads of entries in this race and it looks unlikely to divide so that means Fen Tiger will struggle to get a run too. He would've loved the soft ground but he'll have to wait for another opportunity.