Thank you to everyone who has very kindly dropped in food and drink into the yard over the last couple of weeks for the team to enjoy over Christmas. It is extremely kind of everyone and the food isn't wasted on the staff and the wine isn't wasted on me! It has been great to see a lot of people recently despite the dodgy weather and dark mornings.
The team had a lovely meal on Friday night at Wildwood in town and it was good fun to have everyone together and have a laugh with secret Santa presents and dodgy Christmas cracker jokes.
With next Sunday being Christmas Eve, this blog will cover our runners for the next two weeks and I'll outline our entries over that time.
We're next racing on Thursday with hopefully two good chances at Chelmsford.
Notre Dame ran her best race yet when an unlucky looking third at the course last time and that was a step in the right direction having been a bit disappointing the run before. She is over a furlong further this time and it looked like she was staying on before so fingers crossed the extra distance can see her go close.
One horse who has done well since stepping up in trip is Grand Duchess Olga and she'll be looking to add another good run to her CV later that evening. She bumped into an improving rival last time but is usually very reliable so should give it another good go.
On Friday I'm looking forward to having Rusheen Boy back in action after a short break. We thought he was nice at the start of the season but he went a bit weak and mentally immature so didn't show on the track what we think he is capable of. He has strengthened up now and seems more relaxed in his work so I hope that can result in a good run. He'll likely improve for the run fitness-wise but it would be good if he could show some promise for the coming months.
Then before the new year we will just have two entries starting with Clenched at Doncaster on 29th January. She had to miss her intended hurdles debut last week after Huntingdon was waterlogged so I'm hoping it can stay dry enough for her to run this time. Her jumping at home has been very good and she is bred to stay so will hopefully get the longer distance and can show some promise for the future.
The other potential runner will be Alibaba at Wolverhampton on 30th January. He got balloted out of his race this week but he is ready to run. He has never shown his best form on the all-weather but he's coming down to a rating now where he should start to be competitive.
The next blog will come on New Year's Eve so I shall wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope you get to enjoy the festive period. Thank you for all your support over the past year and let's hope 2024 can be even better!