First of all I'd like to say how great it was to see Adam Kirby ride the winner of this year's Epsom Derby aboard Adayar. Although he has only had the odd ride for us, everyone knows that he has grafted hard at the bread and butter meetings for his whole career so for him to ride the biggest winner in the calendar was a great story. He has been riding out in Newmarket since he was 14 years old and I don't know anyone who begrudged him this success, such is his popularity in the town.
One of our horses got a timely form boost in the Derby as well with Hurricane Lane finishing third - Fen Tiger made his debut against him last year and it just goes to show that you never know who you might bump into in a Newmarket maiden race!
Fen Tiger is one of our entries this week and we have plenty of others too with Yarmouth racing on Wednesday and Thursday.
On the first day we will have Hot Romance making her debut. She looked like a sharp, early type when we bought her as a yearling but she has never stopped growing since then and is a lovely looking, strong filly now. She is still quite immature mentally and will need a race or two to sharpen her up but it's great to get her to the races.
Cabrini is also entered in this race as well as in a similar one the following day. This will be her third career run to qualify her for handicap races which is where she will be seen to best effect.
The third entry on Wednesday is Oud Metha Bridge in the apprentice race. He wouldn't want the ground too firm so we'll keep an eye on the conditions but he is the type who could bounce back from a disappointing run last time now he is back to a track he likes.
We will be all over the place on Thursday with loads of entries.
There could be a big raiding party heading to the seaside at Yarmouth kicking off with three runners in the first race. Hopefully the race gets enough declarations to divide so they won't be all taking each other on. Heer's Sadie would have the best chance of the trio and I think she has been given a very fair initial rating by the handicapper following her first three runs. She is a speedy filly who has improved with each race and should be getting competitive in this grade.
Dilly Rosa has been very consistent and six furlongs at this track should suit her well too.
Piranhadrama has been disappointing since showing early promise and it remains to be seen whether she actually wants to win a race.
Fen Tiger ran an ok debut at Yarmouth last time and he's heading back there again providing the ground isn't too firm. It was probably quite a hot race last time with the winner scoring again since and we will ride him a bit closer to the pace than before so he has less ground to make up at the business end.
Raha is the final entry at Yarmouth that day and she should have a great chance after an unlucky run at the track a couple of weeks ago. She is handicapped to win and in great form at home.
That same day we have a couple of other runners elsewhere with Paintball Wizard at Nottingham and Mrs Meader at Newbury.
Paintball Wizard ran a career best last time and making the running on a big, galloping track seems to be the best way to ride him so we'll repeat the tactics again and hope for a similar or better result than his third place before.
Mrs Meader rounds off a manic afternoon and she too is heading to a track which should play to her strengths. 1m2f on quick ground might be a bit sharp for her so hopefully it doesn't dry out too much but the way amateur races are usually run should really suit her as she needs a fast pace to settle early on. We've been very lucky in this race before having won it five times in the past so I hope we can keep up the good record.
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