It was a big relief to end the dry run with a winner this week and it was doubly special as it also gave our apprentice jockey Sam his first winner.
The horses have been very consistent recently without winning but Heer's Sadie managed to turn that around under a confident ride from Sam who sat in mid-division before gradually making his way to the front and scoring by just under a length.
Sam is extremely hard-working and dedicated so he more than deserved this after a few near-misses and I'm sure this will be the first winner of many for him.
We were soon back to the near misses at the weekend when Mrs Meader went down by the smallest of margins, a nose, at Windsor. She hasn't won a race yet but her turn certainly won't be far away based on this evidence.
There's no time to dwell on defeat though as we're back on the road on Monday morning to Wolverhampton.
Dilly Rosa hasn't ever run a bad race and I'm sure there is a win in her. I think the step up to seven furlongs is ideal and the conditions of the race suit her well so fingers crossed she can run a good race.
The ground has gone a bit soft for Cabrini on the turf so she's trying the all-weather on Monday too. She has been running well since graduating to handicaps and just needs a change of luck to win. She has a great draw this time so has that in her favour anyway.
The only other runner for the week comes on Thursday with Engrave at Chelmsford. She got a bit fat during her recent holiday so I expect her to need the run with an eye on having another successful winter campaign with her.