Happy New Year to all, friends and followers alike.
The turn of the year usually means a trip to Southwell on New Year’s Day but we thankfully didn’t have anything to run there this time so could spend the day at home but my days of wild celebrating at midnight have long gone!
Hopefully a new decade will bring us some fresh luck and we had a horse run well for a change when Limerick Lord was third at Southwell on Sunday. We swapped his usual cheek pieces for blinkers and they seemed to perk him up as he was a lot more enthusiastic and ran a blinder.
We have plenty of runners this week so hopefully they can follow in his steps.
It’s back to Southwell on Tuesday as Oud Metha Bridge tries the track for the first time. He will either love or hate the deep surface but he has won on soft ground on the turf and usually makes the running so he should handle things, on paper at least.
War Empress was disappointing last time at Newcastle but the slow pace of the race wouldn’t have suited her so I’m hoping she can get something a bit faster to aim at at Kempton on Wednesday night. The run before last she looked an unlucky loser so a repeat of that would see her go close.
Big Bang hasn’t really improved as much as we hoped so I’m pinning things on a step up in trip at Chelmsford on Thursday. His half brother and sister seem to stay well so it is worth a try at least.