Although the week-long break from flat racing didn't affect us too much as there was still plenty of work to be done at home in the yard, it was good to see plenty of jockeys enjoying some rare time off as most of them seemed to jet off abroad for some sun. Dylan and Shelley spent a week in Dubai but I think it was a shock to their system when they came back this weekend after winter had well and truly arrived!
Talking of jockeys, we will sadly be losing our apprentice Sam at the end of the week as he makes the move up north to join the powerful stable of Karl Burke. It's a great shame to lose him but it will be a massive boost to his own career and will hopefully give him the chance to flourish with some more rides. He will of course still ride for us when the opportunity allows and we wish him all the best in his next chapter.
Before then we have a couple of runners this week as all the action switches to the all-weather for the winter months.
Queen's Company had a couple of entries but we skipped a race on Monday for hopefully an easier opportunity at Kempton on Wednesday. The race is due to divide with lots of entries but she is guaranteed a run and hopefully we can get the easier division. Her two runs to date have been very promising and suggest she could win a little novice race so this could be her chance if getting a good draw and luck in running.
The other runner for the week comes on Thursday with Heer's Sadie at Wolverhampton. She hasn't been running too badly since winning in the summer and she has some decent form at the track from earlier in her career. As always on the all-weather, she'll need a good draw and she should have a chance if getting that.