The new season couldn't have got off to a better start and it is all down to Engrave. She got a win on the board last week at Chelmsford and just seven days later she did the business again back at the Essex venue. With no forecast front-runner in the field, she had to do her own donkey work in front this time but jockey Dylan Hogan rode a very sensible race and had plenty up his sleeve towards the finish to win by almost two lengths.
Hopefully it can be an exciting year for Engrave's owners the N.E.T. Racing Club with four horses to run for them including new recruit Shifting Gold.
The other runner for the week wasn't disgraced either with Heer's Sadie outrunning her 200/1 odds when not beaten far at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. She has improved a lot since her debut the time before and should be in for a good year later on in handicap races.
The unseasonably dry weather has been more than welcome to us all working in the yard each morning but it has mucked up our running plans slightly with firm ground being the theme at most tracks across the country. Alibaba had to miss his race at Leicester on Friday due to the ground drying up and he'll need a shower or two to hit Nottingham if he is to run there on Saturday.
Before then we have a couple of other entries.
Piranhadrama showed plenty of speed last time so the drop back in trip to 5f at Windsor on Monday should be ideal. We're still learning about her but hopefully she can show some promise.
The other entry is on Thursday at Newcastle. Party Planner is another horse who doesn't want firm ground so opportunities are a bit limited for her at the moment. The uphill finish and long straight at the course should suit her so hopefully she can make the trip up north worthwhile.