The crazy temperatures for October continue as we enjoy 20c most days without any rain. I know other parts of the country, particularly Scotland, have been getting very wet but trying to find rain at a racecourse with suitable races isn't easy.
We have a handful of mud-lovers who have been saved for this time of year when the ground is usually a bit softer but they'll have to wait another week or so until we get those conditions.
Mrs Meader is one of those horses but she does run ok in quicker conditions as long as there isn't any firm in the description. She will be our first runner of the week at Windsor on Monday and hopefully she can continue her good form having finished second at Newcastle last time. She has started to turn in her coat a bit but that doesn't usually affect her performance so hopefully she can run a big race.
Lady Clemmie heads down to Brighton on Tuesday and it's probably her last chance to show some form before she heads to the sales. She has the ability to win a race like this but has never shown it on the track yet. It's a hands and heels race for apprentices so she might appreciate the tender handling and Brighton can throw up some surprise results now and again.
On Wednesday we will have new boy Pierce making his debut for us at Kempton. His current owner bought him very cheaply at the sales in July and we've given him time to settle into his new routine. He is a very kind and straightforward horse but he is quite stuffy and I imagine he will need the run which will set him for a winter campaign on the all-weather.
Rounding off the week will be Hurricane Kiko at Chelmsford on Thursday. He seems to only run a good race at this track so fingers crossed that a return to Essex wills him return to form.