Like you all, I'm very much looking forward to the Euros final tonight when England will be taking on Italy for the trophy. It has been a great journey to get this far and the general good-feeling around the success has given everyone a pick-me-up so a win tonight would be the icing on the cake although I think everyone is very happy to just get this far.
There was also a great atmosphere at the Tattersalls July sale this week with Irish clients being able to travel over and a bit of an easing in dining rules meaning everyone was a bit more relaxed and the good weather helped too. We weren't in the market for buying a horse and weren't selling either but it was good to catch up with some old friends.
We have a busy few days of runners coming up starting tomorrow at Wolverhampton.
Sir Gregory showed promise in his novice races but that meant the handicapper didn't take any chances with him with his initial rating so he goes into handicaps races on the high side. He is improving with each run though and has course form so maybe he can pull out a bit more.
On Tuesday we head down to Brighton with Alibaba providing they get the forecast showers before then. He has been in good form and very consistent but he too is another who is high enough in the ratings. He always tries his hardest though and should handle the course so should be in with a shout once again.
Yarmouth this week comes on Wednesday and we have two entries who both need a bit of rain to come if they are to run.
Heer's Sadie has done well since switching to handicaps and went very close to winning last time. This course holds no fears for her so she should be in the mix.
Hot Romance will be having her second career run and it'll be another bit of experience for her before racing in handicaps.
We usually have one trip to Wales every year and it looks to be coming on Thursday. Both Mrs Meader and Raha need some cut in the ground and the track looks sure to have it hence the long journey.
Raha hasn't had the rub of the green recently but she has come down to a nice rating as a result and she is ready to win if things go right for her.
Mrs Meader didn't quite stay 1m4f last time so dropping back in distance on soft ground looks perfect and she is ready to win when the right opportunity comes.