Friday was a bit of a tough day at the office with three runners, all of whom we thought had a good chance but sadly none of them could deliver.
Fen Tiger ran an ok handicap debut at Yarmouth and looks to still be learning about the game whilst Raha had no luck in running and got hampered when starting to come with her usual late rattle.
Up at Pontefract things didn't go Oud Metha Bridge's way either as he was a bit slow from the stalls and got crowded on the rail which he doesn't like at all.
You come home after long days like this very deflated but the next day brings new challenges and you have to forget about things and move on because there is always something else to look ahead to in racing.
Thankfully summer looks like it has finally arrived and we will go from one extreme to the other with two of our planned outings last week abandoned due to waterlogged tracks, we might have to not run some horses this week because the ground is to firm!
The runners all come early in the week starting with two on Monday.
Shifting Gold needed the run at Nottingham last time so I hope she can take a big step forward at Leicester in the apprentice riders' race. The conditions of the race mean that Sam claims a big 10lb weight allowance which is a good chunk and has to be an advantage. Hopefully it can see her run a good race.
A lack of opportunities and suitable going mean that Sir Gregory has got to go up to Redcar for his second career run on Monday. He was a big eye catcher when third on debut at Wolverhampton and if he can build on that then he should be in the prize money again although there are some horses in the race who have shown good form also.
We're back on the road on Tuesday evening with three declarations at Yarmouth.
Arpina will be our first two-year old runner of the year and she has been very straightforward since we bought her from the breeze-up sales last month. I'm not sure if five or six furlongs is best for her at the moment but we will learn lots about her after this run and hopefully she can have a good experience.
Spanish Mane loves Yarmouth and she should improve a lot for her comeback last time when she got pretty tired. She is still a bit high in the weights after three wins last season but hopefully she can show a bit more spark.
Alibaba is the third runner there but he won't go if it dries out too much. We ran him once on firm ground and he came back very sore afterwards. He is in great form at home so I'm desperate to run him when conditions are perfect.