It's amazing how the weather can flip in just a few days as this Saturday saw us digging out the winter woolies to watch the gallops after almost being in t-shirts the weekend before. Autumn has certainly arrived and it seems like winter isn't far away either. The mission at this time of year is to keep the horses wrapped up and to prolong their sleek and shiny summer coats for as long as possible. We are battling against the inevitable though as all the horses will eventually grow a longer winter coat which will need clipping but it's nice to put that off for as long as possible. As much as some pundits like to think this is a sign of a horse's wellbeing, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that a horse runs slower when it has a winter coat compared to a summer one!
The weather will determine where we head with our runners this week with a few entries coming up but unaffected by conditions will be our pair of runners on the all-weather at Kempton on Wednesday.
One Of The Girls ran a lot better when making the running on her third start last time and we'll try to repeat the tactics in a handicap this time. She's up against more street-wise rivals this time so it may be harder to make the running but we will give it a go and see what we can learn about her.
Going to Kempton as well will be War Empress. She ran well at the track last time after six months off the track so she should improve for that outing too. She is ready to win but needs a fast pace to chase and for things to fall her way as she is normally slow from the stalls so has to weave her way through in the finish.
Raha and Divine Queen are entered in the same race at Salisbury on Thursday but there are loads of other horses entered in the race and I doubt they will get a run. We're coming into the silly season now when everyone wants to run their horses before the sales so the races are all oversubscribed. Added to this, the turf meetings are starting to become few and far between so if you want to get a run on the grass it is hard to do so.