It's scary to think that we are almost three quarters of the way through the year already and it is the St Leger meeting only next weekend. It has flown by and the years definitely seem to pass quicker the older you get!
Keeping busy is probably the reason why time passes so quickly and we'll be kept busy this week with a trio of runners.
Smokey Malone is declared for Windsor on Tuesday evening and hopefully the short break he has had can recharge his batteries as he looked a bit flat last time. The big field should be something he enjoys as he loves to come through the pack off a fast pace so hopefully the gaps can open up for him and he can get back to form.
One horse who is going to have a short break herself is Hot Romance and she won't take up her entry at Chelmsford on Thursday. She has gone off her food a bit and lost some weight so we will turn her out in the paddocks for a fortnight and let her chill out before exercising her again.
Two of our juvenile fillies, Arpina and Queen's Company, will be doing the opposite and coming back into work this week after some time off. Both needed to mature and strengthen a little and the break seems to have done both of them a lot of good. They will get fit again for an all-weather campaign.
The other entry on Thursday is Dilly Rosa and she should definitely run. Forcing the pace last time didn't seem to suit her so we will use more patient tactics again and hopefully she can bag a bit more prize money as well as giving N.E.T. Racing Club members a fun day out.
The final entry for the week will be Paintball Wizard at Chelmsford on Sunday. He has shown some form on the all-weather and the ground on the turf is too firm for him at the moment so this is at least a chance for him to run and the big galloping bends at the course should suit him.
Special mention must go to our jockey Dylan Hogan who last weekend reached the landmark of 95 winners and lost his allowance in the process. It is a goal of every apprentice jockey to 'ride out the claim' and now Dylan is a full-blown professional we wish him the best of luck!