As I've been saying over the last couple of weeks, the horses definitely seem to have turned a corner recently and their form has improved considerably so it was good to see Oud Metha Bridge run a blinder to finish second at Southwell last week. He has taken well since tried at the track and was arguably a little bit unlucky as the winner continually edged across him up the straight which probably put him off going past as he is a bit soft. It was a great effort anyway and his turn to win doesn't look far away.
Hopefully things are on the up because we have some decent bullets to fire this week as some of the horses make a racecourse comeback after their winter holidays.
Wilson was a bit ring-rusty on his first run after a break last time so he should be sharper this time and he has been moving very nicely at home on the gallops. Predicting when he will win is never easy but I hope at Chelmsford on Thursday he can improve upon his last run.
Ride and Prejudice successfully passed a stalls test at Chelmsford last week so she is now cleared to race again and I hope the wait has been worth it as we have been very patient with her. She seemed to be a sharp two-year old last spring and ran some promising races before her attitude got the better of her and she developed a reluctance to go in the stalls. The time off has done her a lot of good as she has grown plenty and matured mentally. I'll wait for the right race for her but she is entered at Chelmsford on Thursday and Wolverhampton on Saturday. She could be another horse to win plenty of races for the N.E.T. Racing Club.
Our amateur jockey Sam has done plenty of work at home on Ride and Prejudice and has done a great job to keep her sane and get her fit so it is only right that he is rewarded with a ride this week on Sea Shack at Southwell on Friday. This kind and genuine gelding will now be running for the N.E.T. Racing Club and should give members plenty of days out and some success along the way. He always runs a game race and has some solid course form so hopefully Sam and Shack can give it a good go.
Also entered there that day is Noble Account as he has his first run after a holiday. He showed promise last year before going a bit flat so the break was very good for him. His homework has been impressive and he should be fit enough to run well if he doesn't mind the track's deep surface.
Rounding off the week will be a trip to Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.
Limerick Lord responded really well to wearing blinkers last time when he finished third at Southwell so I hope the trick works again this time. He has won at the course before and is well handicapped on old form and should run well if things go his way.