We hit the crossbar a couple of times this week with a second place from both of Carol Bushnell's boys - Hurricane Kiko at Yarmouth and The Mouse King at Chelmsford. Both ran as well as they could and just met a horse better on the day but they should have their turn to win soon.
I have been able to get out to the races on my crutch since my hip replacement and it definitely helps the recovery to get out and about and have a glass of wine! Seeing the owners is the part I enjoy most so I'm happy to be going to the races again despite not being able to do much of the hands-on work.
I'll be heading out a few times this week as we have some entries.
Starting on Tuesday we'll be at Yarmouth with two horses who have already had great seasons.
Spanish Mane will be bidding to make it three wins from her last four runs but she'll have a different rider on top after regular pilot Rose Dawes broke her collarbone last week. Spanish only seems to win with girls on board so we are giving 5lb claimer Laura Coughlan a try as she has been riding plenty of winners recently. Spanish usually wins when she gets a new rider so let's hope it works again.
Smokey Malone will be heading to the seaside too and he'll have a new jockey in Adam Kirby as Dylan has to go to Goodwood. Kirby should suit Smokey but he'll need everything to go right if he is to win as he is a proper hold up horse.
Next on the agenda will be Nottingham on Thursday.
Three Beauz ran a blinder first time out to finish second at Yarmouth and if she can build upon that she should go close to winning here under similar conditions.
You Didn't Did You will be accompanying her and it'll be her third career run so she will qualify for handicap races after this and that will be where she can show her best.
The final entry of the week is Lady Clemmie at Newmarket on Saturday. I planned on going to Lingfield the same day with her but she unfortunately didn't qualify for that race so she has to run in a hotter race here. It's her first run though so it'll be a good experience for her.