Last week's busy couple of days didn't yield any winners but there were plenty of good runs and lots of things found out about different horses.
The best efforts came from Mrs Meader, Heer's Sadie and Cabrini who all finished third but were only just beaten and all three look likely winners next time.
The great thing to see was that so many owners could get to go racing. Add this to the great weather we had and the return of some crowds and things were definitely feeling a bit more 'normal' and it is fantastic that owners can get to enjoy seeing their horses run again.
As if Thursday was not chaotic enough with eight runners, the morning started off with the nightmare of a freak accident in the yard. Shifting Gold spooked and stood on a drain cover which gave way and she fell into it with one leg. After a struggle to get up, she was back on her feet but with a huge open wound on the leg which fell in the drain and she was taken straight to the equine hospital in the village. She was knocked out and the leg was stitched back up with thankfully no other major injury sustained. It will take a while to heal but thankfully she lives to fight another day and came back to us on Saturday morning feeling a bit sorry for herself.
Despite all of last week's runners, we still have a few more to go to war with in the coming days starting with Smokey Malone at Nottingham on Monday.
He ran a great race to finish third at the same course last time and he'll be going up to 1m2f on this occasion which is an unknown but he looks like he will stay that far. He has turned into a very consistent horse and the draw has been kind with stall five so I don't see why he shouldn't run well again.
Arpina is entered at Chelmsford on Thursday but I don't think she's quite ready for another run yet whilst I hope Newmarket gets a good watering during the week for Alibaba to run there on Friday evening.
He is another very consistent lad but gets a bit sore on firm ground so he'll only run if I think it is safe for him.
Rounding off the week may be Spanish Mane at Lingfield. She has been a bit disappointing at Yarmouth this season so I hope the change of track can perk her up as she is in great form at home and has come down the weights slightly.