Thankfully the recent good run of form for the horses continued into this week and we had some more great performances as well as another winner on the board.
Amberdaay went to a wet Windsor on Monday and ran a much better race than the time before when she disappointed us. Making the running this time, she almost led the whole way before getting swallowed up late on and finishing a close fourth. It was a good day for her syndicate of owners who were out in force to support her.
We have been waiting a long time for soft ground to run Fen Tiger on as we know that's the key to seeing the best of him and thankfully he got just that at Leicester on Thursday. I was concerned about the 1m4f trip for him as he'd never looked a good stayer at the distance before but I should not have been worried as he stayed every yard and ran out an impressive winner.
Jockey Fred Larson kept it very simple by tracking the leader and the pair kicked on two furlongs from home to win eased down.
I was delighted for owner Carol Bushnell who has always had faith in him and has been very patient along the way. I'm sure this won't be his first and only success this season.
Two more good results rounded off the week with both Arpina and Smokey Malone filling second spot on Saturday evening at Lingfield. Neither had many excuses and were beaten fair and square so we came home happy.
We've had some much needed rain recently but it is still quite hit and miss so running plans have been thrown up in the air.
We took Spanish Mane to Yarmouth on Tuesday but rain just before racing meant she did not run as her form on soft ground is poor. She's in again there on Wednesday but they've had more rain and I fear it'll be too soft to run again.
Heer's Sadie is also entered at Yarmouth and wouldn't mind a little give in the ground but wouldn't run if it was really soft. She needed her first run back after a break and she is in really good form now. She's won at the track before so I hope she can put in a good effort if conditions suit.
Before that on Tuesday we have The Mouse King at Chelmsford. He showed good form in novice races but as a result he starts life in handicaps a little too highly rated. The one mile trip might be too far for him on this occasion but it'll be a start for him with an eye to the future.
On Thursday we have two entries in the same race at Newbury so I'm hoping the race will divide.
Mrs Meader would be our main hope to run as she is in great form and goes well at the track. She's down to a nice rating now so she should run big race if getting some luck in running.
Engrave is also entered and would have an each way chance, remembering that all her best form is on the all weather. She's capable of winning on the turf but maybe not off a rating this high.