I hope everyone got through the recent storms without too much damage to their properties, avoiding flooding in particular. Newmarket is one of the driest places in the country but we received a hell of a lot of rain at the end of this week and the place is now very wet although being on top of a hill, the whole country would have to be under water before we got flooded at the yard!
It does mean that the ground has gone very soft and even waterlogged in some places but you do expect soft ground at this time year so hopefully the horses we have saved for it can run well.
Scotch Mist goes to Windsor on Monday and I'm hoping the blinkers can perk her up as she has been a bit disappointing since running in handicaps but the two miles last time might have been too far for her. Ross is busy at Tattersalls sales this week so we have young Fred Daly riding for us in this amateur race. I know his dad Declan from when he trained in town and Fred has had a winner for his boss Sir Mark Prescott so comes from a good school of riding.
It's not often that Yarmouth is too wet to race but they have an inspection there on Monday for Tuesday's racing where I have Fen Tiger and Macho Son entered. Both horses like soft ground so I'm hoping it gets the go-ahead, especially for Fen Tiger who wins at this time of year. Macho was disappointing at Leicester last week but the undulating track might not have been to his liking.
We're at home then until Saturday when we have a couple of entries.
Mrs Meader has been waiting all season for some soft ground so hopefully Newbury isn't too flooded for her to run. She won the race last year on heavy ground and she is handicapped to win again so fingers crossed she gets to take her chance.
Grand Duchess Olga will be the other runner that day at Chelmsford. The early pace was a bit steady for her last week but she plugged on well to finish fourth against an easy winner and if she ran her usual honest race you'd expect her to be in the mix again.
This week sees the horses in training sale come to Tattersalls with over 1500 horses going through the ring. I'll be up there looking for some more talent and trying to buy another horse after picking up a lovely yearling colt at the October Yearling Sales last week. The horse is by the reliable producer of winners Bated Breath and from a family we know well, being a half-brother to Notre Dame who is a filly we think will do well next season. He is a late-born horse so will improve and strengthen all the time with the scope to keep progressing as a three-year old. There are a few shares available in his syndicate if you would like to join the journey and more details can be found on our OWNERSHIP page.