We've had a splattering of rain this week and it was enough to settle the dust on the heath but it would have done little to get some juice into the ground for the horses to gallop on so we are keeping them to the all-weather surfaces which are top-class in Newmarket.
Driving down to Kempton on Wednesday we went through plenty of rain on the M25 but it must have been very localised as the surrounding racecourses didn't register much at all.
Last week proved to be fruitless with Amberdaay not showing her true colours at Bath on Monday. She got quite worked up before the race and I don't think the big bank holiday crowd helped much with men on stilts and a lots of people next to the paddock. Her first run was much better than this so hopefully she can get back on track.
Smokey Malone was unlucky at Lingfield on Saturday when sent off favourite. We booked Jamie Spencer for the ride as he is a horse who needs to come with a late run and there's no better jockey for this style. Everything went to plan until the pair were about to make their move two furlongs out when the leader swerved across the track and into their path. Unfortunately he lost a lot of momentum and couldn't regain it so finished third. He needs plenty of luck but Smokey will be winning again soon.
This coming week looks a bit quieter with just one entry at Chelmsford on Saturday.
Fen Tiger will win when he gets some soft ground to run on but it doesn't look like that will be here anytime soon so he's having another run on the all-weather. He has form at the track so he should be in the shake-up again with some luck.
Ross, Alayna and Poppy will be jetting off to Kentucky this week for my nephew Adam Beschizza's wedding to Jorie. Most of you will know Adam from when he was an apprentice at the yard and he has of course gone on to much bigger things since then. His move to America five years ago has been a real success and, as well as riding plenty of winners, he has also found a woman willing to marry him! We wish him all the best on the day and for the future.