Tattersalls will host its February Sale On Thursday and Friday this week but it will be nothing like we know it with the whole thing moving online and with no horses or humans in attendance at the Newmarket sales ground and all bidding done from the comfort of home.
To help buyers, every horse has a selection of photos and videos on their page as well as the contact details of the trainer should anyone wish to chat about a specific lot. It isn't ideal as you can't beat getting your hands on a horse and feeling their legs for any previous injuries but it is better than no sale at all and hopefully Tattersalls efforts will be worth it. As ever, having some inside information from a yard is more important than ever as it is only then that you can buy with confidence.
We have two lots going under the hammer on Friday and you can be sure that Productive is fit and sound as he will be running at Southwell the day before. He has been disappointing since we bought him but the ability is there if someone can find the key to unlock it.
Alibaba will also be up for auction but he will only be for sale for the right price as his owners are more than happy to keep him.
We have a few runners this week starting on Monday at Wolverhampton.
Dilly Rosa ran a lot better on her second career start last time and showed plenty of speed too so the drop back to six furlongs shouldn't be a problem for her. If she can build again upon her last run, hopefully she can be in the first four as it isn't a great race.
Saray Prince ran against Dilly Rosa last time but he needs to go the other way in distance as he looked outpaced and green most of the way on his debut. He has to start off in novice races against some big yards so it won't be easy for him but it'll be another run under his belt and some more experience for when he goes handicapping.
As already mentioned, Productive will line up at Southwell on Thursday and we are hoping the deep surface at the track will bring out the best in him following his run at Kempton last week when he looked quite one paced in the finish.
The week rounds off with Raha entered at Kempton on Saturday. She has looked a bit short of finishing pace over seven furlongs recently so I hope the step up to one mile is what she needs to get her head in front again as she is in good health and on a decent handicap mark now.