There's just no telling what is going to happen with the weather in the UK nowadays as an extremely dry February has been followed up by an incredibly wet start to March.
The puddles are getting bigger everywhere as the ground is already saturated and can't hold any more water but thankfully we are never at risk of flooding here, everywhere is just very wet and muddy! It does make you wonder what kind of summer we will be in for having got away with a mild winter.
There's still a good month of all-weather racing before we are back on the turf and it's just as well because the ground would be bottomless at the moment.
One horse who would love that is Fen Tiger but he will be kept ticking over before he can race on the grass again and he has two entries this week - Southwell on Thursday and Kempton on Saturday. The latter is another rearranged meeting from Chelmsford where they still haven't fixed the floodlight damage caused by storm Eunice as they are waiting for parts to arrive from America. Hopefully it can get fixed soon as we are missing the place.
Fen Tiger is in good form at the moment and Kempton would be his preference as it is over 1m2f whereas the Southwell race is 1m4f which might stretch his stamina a bit.
The two-year olds we have in the yard are all starting to look like proper racehorses now and after a few short gallops, we have a bit of a pecking order in place for the ones who will be running early in the season and the ones who need a bit longer to develop. We're not really aiming to run any right at the start of the turf season but hopefully towards the middle of April the sharper ones will be ready to show themselves off. It is exciting to see the young talent in the yard developing and hopefully our strategy this year of buying more yearlings at the sales can be rewarded after the price of older horses has rocketed.