The flat season is in full swing now and don't we know it with a very busy week ahead and plenty of motorway miles to be clocked up.
The longest trip of the week comes on Monday when we will be heading up the A1 to Redcar with Queen's Company. Although we don't go there very often, it has been a lucky track for me in the past after I rode my first winner as a jockey there and I trained a 100/1 winner there years ago.
Hopefully we can be lucky again as Queen's Company is a nice filly who needed her comeback run and dropped a couple of pounds in the ratings as a result. She's a lot fitter now and the conditions should suit her so hopefully she can come home with some prize money.
The following day we will be heading south with Arpina at Brighton.
She has been a bit disappointing since finishing second earlier in the year but I think the unique undulations of Brighton could be what she needs to keep her interested and to perk her up. She's running out of chances to show herself as she'll be off to the sales if she doesn't start producing some results soon.
Yarmouth is on on Wednesday and good old Spanish Mane is heading back there.
She was a bit fat for her comeback runlets time so she'll be a lot fitter now. The mile is about as far as she wants to go but on quick ground she should get away with it and hopefully she can start building some consistency now as she gears towards another successful season.
The same day we have Stintino Sunset at Kempton who will be our second two-year oldjunner of the year. She has been very easy to train but hasn't got the speed for five furlongs so we've waited until now for the six furlong races to start. She has a great attitude and I hope she can just get involved early on and learn plenty for the future.
The final entries for the week come on the turf at Lingfieldon Thursday.
Smokey Malone ran well there last week when a little unlucky in running.He will run another good race and can win if getting some more luck and a stronger pace to chase.
Engrave will make it two greys heading to the races as she has her first try on Lingfield's undulating turf track. I think she'll handle it and the small field will suit her. Her form on the all-weather has always been better than on the turf but I see no reason why she can't win a race on the grass.
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