With a load of runners and a couple of winners last week, it was always going to be a quieter timer for us this week with just the one runner in Smokey Malone at Leicester who found the 6f trip a bit too sharp.
This coming week sees us with a few entries but it remains to be seen what will run with most of the races oversubscribed. Engrave is in at Yarmouth on Wednesday but I think I'll save her for the following week as this race looks very competitive whilst Valletta Sunset and Divine Queen are both in at Leicester on Friday. I hope they can both get into their races as I'm looking forward to seeing them in action again. Valletta Sunset ran with promise on his first outing of the year at Windsor last time and hopefully he can build on that whilst Divine Queen goes into handicap races for the first time and I think she is on a rating which she can be very competitive off. She is very well bred and will be a valuable broodmare prospect later in her career so getting a win into her is important to boost her future value.
The final entry of the week will be Oud Metha Bridge at Newbury on Saturday. He has come back to form now and ran a blinder when finishing second last time. He loves a straight track and hopefully the ground doesn't dry out too much before then as he should have a great chance. Unfortunately his regular rider Sean Kirrane dislocated his shoulder last week and will be on the sidelines for a while so we'll have to find another jockey who can get a tune out of him.
With lockdown restrictions easing across the country, we are now allowing owners to come and visit the yard on a day of their choosing but would kindly ask if you could let us know beforehand so we have an idea about numbers. The yard is a very safe environment with plenty of room to social distance and the fresh air is the best remedy anyone could wish for so we hope to see you soon!