After a quiet couple of weeks we are hitting the racetrack hard in the coming days with plenty of entries throughout the week.
Starting on Tuesday we head down to Brighton with a couple of runners, kicking off with Dilly Rosa for the N.E.T. Racing Club. She looked like she needs seven furlongs when running over shorter last time and I don't think the course's unique undulations should be any trouble for her so hopefully she can run well. Fields of Berries will be heading down south with her too and she does the opposite by stepping down in distance after showing good speed last time. It's only her second run for us so we are still learning about her.
Yarmouth is back on Wednesday and we will be well represented there too.
Mrs Meader was a bit too fresh on her seasonal return last time at Beverley but she has settled down since then and hopefully she can put in a better performance. She is looking well handicapped now and the long, galloping track should really suit her so I think she should run a good race if not racing too keenly in the early stages.
Paintball Wizard is another horse who should been seen at his best on a big, galloping track like Yarmouth so I hope he can go well after blowing away the cobwebs at Wolverhampton a few weeks ago. He is a big horse who has taken time to mature but looks the best he has ever done now and this should be his year to make an impact.
Party Planner is in the same race and she is a very similar type who just keeps on galloping. There wouldn't be much between the two at home so hopefully there isn't much between them at the races when they are battling for first place!
Rounding off the day might be Sir Gregory. He ran a very eye-catching debut but has had a few small issues since then which have kept him from running. He is still a big, green horse who will improve again for the run.
On Thursday we go to Chelmsford with two fillies who love the track and have won there in the past.
Engrave's four career wins have all come at the Essex venue but she is a bit high in the weights now as a result of her successes. She didn't run badly at Nottingham last time but she might be vulnerable to one who has a bit in hand. She will still give it her best shot though.
Winter Snowdrop was still carrying a bit of her winter holiday weight when returning to the track last time so it was no surprise that she needed the run. She still probably isn't quite fully wound up yet but she is certainly ready enough to get competitive here.
Completing the week will be Smokey Malone at Nottingham on Sunday. He'll also be entered at Brighton on the following Monday and I'll check out both races before deciding where to go. He is a tough and consistent horse who is holding his form well so should have a squeak wherever he heads to.
We always try to find our horses the best possible homes when retiring from racing and it's great to hear that they are doing well in their second careers. Here are a few horses we have heard from recently:
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