John and I arrived back in Southampton port on Friday morning after our 12 day cruise around the Canary Islands and I was very happy to be back on home soil after getting pretty sea sick on the homeward bound leg of the trip but the places we stopped off at on the way were beautiful and I loved Madeira in particular.
I'm not sure we'll be going on another cruise but I'm glad we did one and can get back to work now the season is in full swing.
The team did a great job keeping the show on the road at home and there were some good runs in there despite nothing getting their head in front.
I was straight back into work on Saturday with a trip to Nottingham where the ground was still very soft but our two runners didn't mind it and ran respectably.
It'll be soft at Windsor on Monday but our two runners won't mind that and hopefully they can go close.
Scotch Mist came back from over a year off to run a nice race at Yarmouth last time and it's good that she has come out of that in one piece and hasn't had to wait another year to run. She might bump into one better in this race but it will at least qualify her for handicap races where she should hopefully win.
Mrs Meader has run two decent races this season and has form at the course so should be in the mix later on the card. She has to run against three-year olds here who are likely to have lots of improvement but she will still run her usual honest race.
Alibaba has had to skip a few engagements recently due to the ground being too soft but hopefully it'll be ok for him at Beverley on Tuesday as long as they don't get too much rain before then.
He has improved with each run since his comeback from injury and has gone well at the track before so fingers crossed he can take another step forward.
The final entry for the week comes close to home at Newmarket with Hurricane Kiko entered there on Friday. He ran ok on his seasonal return when he was a bit fresh and pulled too hard but now he has let off some steam he should fare much better.