Everyone knows how competitive Newmarket two-year old races are and our runners in them are usually just going for the experience down the road as it is a good introduction to racing for them. You only have to look at Fen Tiger's debut at the track last year when he bumped into subsequent Group 1 winner Hurricane Lane to realise that.
So I was absolutely delighted with the runs from Carol Bushnell's pair of two-year olds at the track last week. Scotch Mist has always been a filly we've liked but she has needed time to mature and we wanted to give her an educational run before letting her have the winter off to strengthen up. To finish an eye-catching fourth was more than we could hope for and she is an exciting filly for next season.
The Mouse King was Carol's other runner an hour later and he did nothing wrong when finishing in mid-division behind a horse which is going to be aimed at the 2000 Guineas next year. He has been a big baby for most of the year and this run will help mature him before he runs again next year.
We have plenty more to look forward to next year after building our biggest and strongest squad of yearlings for many years at the recent Tattersalls yearling sales.
Carol Bushnell has added to her string with a pair of Roaring Lion fillies which are of course greys and we were happy to welcome Steve Clarke and Tony Wideson's homebred filly by Twilight Son.
Added to this we have a Zoffany filly for the N.E.T. Racing Club (more details soon) and a beautiful filly by Churchill who is available for syndication. Alayna has put together a brilliant brochure on the filly which you can READ HERE so contact me if you want any more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
We still have plenty of older horses who aren't ready to let the young ones steal all the limelight just yet and hopefully a pair of them can run big races at Nottingham on Wednesday.
Mrs Meader and Fen Tiger are entered in the same race but I hope that it will divide so they can both get a run. Mrs Meader is due a win and will have conditions in her favour as long as she still has a bit of life left in the batteries after a long season. She seems in good form at home so we go in hope.
Fen Tiger has had a lot easier time of it as we've had to wait for soft ground with him and he showed what he can do when the mud flies when he was a very close third at the track last time. If the ground is soft then a similar effort should see him win.