Bringing back the annual owners' barbecue last summer after a few years' break due to covid seemed to be very popular so I'm very happy to say that we'll be doing it again this year with Friday 4th August the day to put in your diary.
As with last year, we encourage you to make a weekend of it in Newmarket with our barbecue at the yard from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on the Friday before you can then visit us on the gallops by meeting back at the yard on Saturday morning between 7am-11am. There will be racing taking place at the July Course on Saturday afternoon so you could round off your trip with a day at the races too.
We will be asking for numbers closer to the time but we hope this can give you some time to get things booked.
The beautiful sunny weather has meant that the ground has gone pretty firm in most places so that's having an impact on our runners but I'm looking forward to having our first two-year old runner of the year when Rusheen Boy heads to Leicester on Tuesday. He has always impressed us since we bought him last autumn and he was near a run in April but a foot infection put him back a bit. He is in good order now so it'll be interesting to see what he does on the track as his work at home is good and he has a great attitude. It'll be a bit of a cavalry charge with 17 runners in the race but hopefully he can show some promise.
On Thursday we have three entries at Yarmouth but whether they will all run on the firm ground remains to be seen.
Hurricane Kiko ran a stinker at Newmarket last time for no apparent reason so hopefully he can bounce back to form if running. He was on an upward curve before then so I hope he can get back on track.
Queen's Company ideally wants some cut in the ground but she is in such flying form at home that we might have to let her run anyway. She does have a bit of form in the past on firm ground so it may not be too much of a disadvantage.
The third entry by the seaside is Spanish Mane. She does have lots of form on firm ground but whether she wants it now she is a bit older and with some wear and tear on her joints remains to be seen.
The final entry for the week will be Smokey Malone at Lingfield on Saturday. He is in great form at the minute with a string of consistent runs. I don't see why he can't run another good race providing things go his way.