It went unnoticed at the time and over the festive period by ourselves and then we had to have a recount to double-check but Rusheen Boy's first win in December turned out to be the 300th winner that I have trained. In racing you have to take every day as it comes and every winner is gladly received so you lose track of the bigger picture but it was very nice to hit that milestone and is a credit to all the team who work for me, past and present, I couldn't have done it without them. My 1st, 200th and 300th winners have all been at Southwell so I guess it's a lucky place!
Rusheen followed up later in the month to make it 301 but we're looking to get off the mark for 2024 so hopefully our few entries this week can try and do that.
We're not racing until Thursday when we have two entries at two different meetings.
Smokey Malone goes to Southwell first and has been freshened up after a break at the end of last season. He had had a busy time of it with a win and multiple placings before his batteries went a bit flat. He seems to be happy in himself again but I expect him to need the run as he can get a bit stuffy.
Kiko is entered at Chelmsford that same day but he will also be there on Saturday so we'll pick whichever looks the best option for him. We've struggled to find his best distance recently but going over further didn't work last time so we're bringing him down in trip and seeing how he fares.
The other entry for the week will be Grand Duchess Olga at Chelmsford on Saturday. She has been a model consistency all winter and seems to like the Essex venue so hopefully she can put in another good effort for the N.E.T. Racing Club.