It's a new week but the story has been very much the same as a lot of recent weeks - rain and lots of it. Although we luckily missed the high winds from the storm which affected the south of the country this week, we still had lots of rain which is falling on already waterlogged ground.
Newmarket racecourse has never called off a meeting due to flooding but it was a bit iffy for their final meeting this week - they were pumping water off one particular part at the side of the track so the cars following the races could do so safely. The coming week looks a bit drier if colder but at least it will give things a chance to dry out a bit.
We were denied a good chance again this week with Nottingham called off which means that Fen Tiger has missed two of his last races of the season due to abandonments. He doesn't mind though and is now on his annual winter holiday.
With the curtain-closing November meeting at Doncaster already moved to Newcastle this weekend, it means the grass racing is done and dusted for the year.
Our three entries for the week are all on the all-weather, starting with Notre Dame at Chelmsford on Thursday. She was a bit disappointing last time on handicap debut but since then we've galloped her in front at home and she went very well so we will adopt those tactics and see if just letting her use her stride can get a better result.
Then we are up to Newcastle on Friday with a pair of runners.
Mrs Meader missed her big target of winning the same race at Newbury which she won last year because it was abandoned so we thought we'd use her form and fitness with a run on the all-weather. She has run well at the track recently and just bumped into a well-handicapped rival that day so a repeat of that performance with a bit more luck should see her go very close to winning.
Accompanying her will be Alibaba. He has had a frustrating season as he doesn't like the ground too firm or too soft and that is about all we've had all year. He has never run that well on the all-weather but the straight and stiff track would suit him on the turf so maybe it will on this occasion.
The N.E.T. Racing Club has had a good time of things recently with Grand Duchess Olga winning twice after Corporate Raider got his head in front at Yarmouth in the summer.
I'm always on the look out for a horse which will give members plenty of fun so I was very happy to add another horse to the roster having bought MORALISA at the recent Tattersalls Sales.
She is a very sweet three-year old filly who has some placed form to her name and I think the switch to a smaller yard with a bit of TLC should see her get a win to her name. She has settled in very well and it shouldn't be too long before she is running.
The Racing Club is a great way to get involved with the yard without the big costs associated with racehorse ownership. For just £200 per year, you are involved in four different horses along with all the perks of being a member. More details on the N.E.T. Racing Club can be found on our OWNERSHIP page.