I always say that the flat season doesn't start until the Craven meeting is here and we had that this week in Newmarket so it's good now to get into the swing of regular grass racing.
Conditions are still pretty soft everywhere although there was a mention of good to firm at Brighton on Saturday before lots of rain came that evening. The firm ground horses are having to wait until they get their ideal conditions but at least it gives the horses who like cut in the ground time to have a run or two before things dry up.
Our runners all ran respectably last week without any fireworks. The ground at Windsor dried out a bit too much for Macho Son to show his best but he still ran an honest race but does seem most effective when it's really soft.
The same conditions suit Mrs Meader and she goes to Windsor on Monday and should have come on plenty for her comeback run earlier this month. Her regular rider Sam Feilden recently dislocated his shoulder so Dylan Hogan takes over and he has ridden her before so knows her quirks. Hopefully the course has had a bit of rain this weekend and she can go close to winning.
I was delighted with Alibaba's run at Nottingham on Saturday having had 18 months off the track prior to his comeback recently. He showed a lot of his old spark before getting tired and looks likely to get his head in front again this season.
Another good run came from Queen's Company on Wednesday on her seasonal return and she plugged on well from the rear. I expect her to improve for the race and with a switch to turf.
The only other entry this week comes on Saturday with Hurricane Kiko at Leicester. He was a bit fresh on his comeback last time and got tired so we're stepping him down in trip to seven furlongs and he should handle it given the uphill finish and likely soft ground. He can be competitive off his current rating so should improve upon his last run.