The horses have been finding the winners' enclosure every week recently but it looked like we could miss one this time around after a good few of the string didn't perform with most of them not liking the firm ground that is about at the moment.
Thankfully our last runner for the week on Saturday evening saved the day when the ever-reliable Spanish Mane won the tenth race of her career and her second at the course with a battling display under Josie Gordon.
She hadn't been showing her usual spark at Yarmouth recently so we hoped the change in track would bring her back which it thankfully did. She never lets us down and wins every year which is hard to come by with most horses so we are very thankful to her.
The firm ground wasn't a problem for Spanish but we had a good few of the horses earlier in the week who didn't show their best on it. It's frustrating because there is no sign of any significant rain in the forecast so we might as well give the horses a run on a watered racecourse rather than keep them wrapped up at home. If they don't run well then at least they will drop in the ratings for next time and the ground is always safe enough so injuries are unlikely.
We've got no entries this coming week until later on when Scotch Mist is entered on Thursday at Nottingham. The ground there is currently soft which is ideal but it might dry up a bit too much for her before then. She got a handy rating having shown promise in novice races and the step up in trip is what she needs to show some more improvement. She's had problems in the past so we will only run her if the conditions are suitable for her but I hope she can run well.
Mrs Meader is another soft ground horse who has been frustrated by the firm conditions recently. Her owner Nick is over from Hong Kong so we need to run her which means she might have to run on the all weather at Newcastle on Friday. She will have some other entries at Doncaster and Windsor but it will need to rain on the turf for her to go there.
She is in great form and comes to herself at this time of year so fingers crossed she can go well with Nick in town.
Also entered at Doncaster on Saturday will be Queen's Company. We thought she preferred soft ground but she proved us wrong by winning on a quick surface last time at Yarmouth when also trying 1m2f for the first time. She's over that trip again and has cone out of the win in great form so I see no reason why she can't run well again.