We're going all out this week as the meetings at Yarmouth and Brighton on Tuesday and Wednesday will see us sending out nine runners in total. Some of them will be on a bit of a fact-finding mission and there aren't any stand-out chances but hopefully they'll all be able to get competitive.
Starting on Tuesday, three raiders will be heading up the A11 to Yarmouth.
Little Orchid has had a bit of a break after not showing much on the all-weather but we know her turf form is a lot better as she narrowly missed out on winning at Brighton last summer. She is pretty fit and has done plenty of work so hopefully she can show some promise for the season ahead.
Next up that day will be Silver Alliance. He is looking very well handicapped now but that is because he has been trailing in behind the ambulance in his recent races. He is a wise old character now who runs himself into form so hopefully his resurgence won't be too far away.
Majestic Moon was bought to be our flag-bearer for 2017 and he'll be kicking off his campaign at Yarmouth too. He had a trio of runs on the all-weather for us but didn't really suit that style of racing so he comes to the turf on a decent handicap mark. The race is full of similar types who have good past form but have lost their way a bit so any one of them could pop up. We gave him a little jump over some hurdles on Monday along with Silver just to perk him up and he seemed to enjoy it.
On Wednesday we will be spread even further as, along with four at Yarmouth, we'll have a pair of raiders down at Brighton.
Heading to the south coast will be Go On Gal and Spirit Of Sarwan.
Sarwan has been pretty consistent since winning at Lingfield at the turn of the year and the form of his second place last time has been boosted with the winner scoring again since. Seven furlongs might be a bit on the sharp side for him but he won at the course last season and the uphill finish really suits him.
Likewise, Go On Gal has run well at the course before. She is ultra consistent but now finds herself a lot higher in the weights, despite not winning a race. We will have to see if she is capable of winning with top weight but she is in good heart.
Whilst that is taking place, we will have four runners on the other coast at Yarmouth.
Sunset Bounty will be making her racecourse debut and it will very much be a learning experience for her as she hasn't done an awful lot at home but is ready to run.
Likewise, Oceanus will be having his first run for us after we bought him in February and we will learn plenty about him. He has previously been blasted off in front but we will take a more patient approach with him and try to build his confidence up. Last year in a maiden he finished third behind Cunco who won a Group race at the weekend so he obviously has an engine there.
One runner we all know about is Candesta. The form book will tell you that his best form is on the all-weather but he did win on the green stuff at Beverley last year and his run at Nottingham last time was not without promise after he got tired in the closing stages. He is usually a reliable old soul so fingers crossed he can put in a good run.
Rounding off the cavalry charge will be Cuban Queen. She is a very nervous filly who needs filling with confidence. The tight nature of all-weather racing doesn't see her to her best effect so I hope the switch to a big, wide turf course like Yarmouth will make her put her best foot forward. She is entered in the sales at Tattersalls on Friday so now would be a good time to show that ability!
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Julia Feilden 20
Annette Hall 19
John Tucker 18
George Evans 17
Geoff Walton 17
Brad Dines 17
Ken Campbell 17
Ros Taylor 17
Eileen Turner 16
John Chalklin 16
Michael Buckley 16