With the Craven meeting taking place this week in HQ and hopefully the morning frosts gone for a while, it's starting to feel a lot more like spring and that the turf season is getting under way.
We were lucky enough to get on the grass gallops on Newmarket Heath this weekend and it was beautiful ground having been kept closed all winter. The horses really do appreciate getting their hooves into the grass and their work was very good.
The first of our winter holiday horses to run was Mrs Meader and she made a great comeback at Nottingham on Wednesday when finishing fourth. As I said before, our string usually need a run to get fully fit after a holiday so this effort bodes very well for the season ahead with her.
We have a couple of other horses making their seasonal debuts this coming week with three entries on Friday at Chelmsford.
Smokey Malone has been running all winter and thrives on his racing. The last two races haven't gone his way but he is in good order at home and is still capable of winning off this rating if things drop right.
Queen's Company will be coming out of her winter hibernation for her first run of the year and I'm looking forward to seeing what she can do this season. The handicapper obviously liked her form from last year as he rated her a bit too high in my opinion but this run will blow away the cobwebs and maybe drop her a pound in the ratings to help her out a bit.
The Mouse King has only had one run at the backend of last season but it was full of promise and he has grown into a big and strong horse over the winter. He will be a bit stuffy so should improve for the run but he is another one of our three-year olds who I hope can do well this year further down the line.
Saturday sees our first two-year old runner of the year with Amberdaay getting an entry at Nottingham. She wouldn't go if the ground was too soft as she has a very fluent action but it looks like we're going to have a dry week. She only came to us in January but has found everything very easy and does look like a sharp and early juvenile. I know we don't have the best stats with our babies but we haven't had one as precocious as her in a long time and I hope she can run with credit and give us some promise for the future.