Our yearling purchases from last week have settled in great and they have begun their training as they get used to riding equipment and riders on their backs. Four of the five horses have now been ridden around our lunge pit which proves invaluable at this time of year as it gives the babies a safe environment to do all their early work before they head out into the big wide world.
None of them have put a foot wrong but the two who are ahead of the class at the moment are the Outstrip colt and the Vadamos colt.
The Outstrip colt has been very forward-going in his work and just loves doing it with a really willing attitude. He looks very strong with tack on his back and I hope he can make his mark next year in his debut season. There has been plenty of interest in his syndicate but there are some shares left still - please see our OWNERSHIP PAGE for more details.
The Vadamos colt has now been named by owner Carol Bushnell and is called FEN TIGER. It has plenty of meaning to Carol as she lives out in The Fens and it sounds good for a racehorse too! He is a very intelligent colt who picks up things straight away and moves beautifully too.
It'll be nice to have some more runners this week as we have been quiet recently and the ones that have run didn't like the soft ground or were just gaining some experience.
The weather has decimated lots of turf fixtures but hopefully Nottingham on Wednesday isn't flooded as we would like to go there.
Before that, Any Smile has her first try at Southwell on Tuesday and I hope she likes the track as her half-brother won there and usually these things do run in the family. She has been disappointing after showing lots of ability at home but there is a key to her somewhere so hopefully Southwell's unique surface is it.
As mentioned, we have some good chances at Nottingham on Wednesday so fingers crossed the meeting goes ahead.
The soft ground shouldn't be a problem for Oud Metha Bridge as he won on it at Yarmouth this summer. He has had a break recently to freshen up for an all-weather campaign but he was ready in time to get on the turf before the season ended. He usually prefers a straight course but if he gets a good break from the stalls he will run a big race.
Also at Nottingham will be Paintball Wizard. He is a big and backward gelding who has needed his first two runs for experience and this will be another step on the ladder for him before he qualifies for handicap races.
The third raider will be Telekinetic. She hasn't tried really soft ground before but her half sister Our Cilla loved it so hopefully she does too. She has been unlucky not to win this year and ran one of her better races at this track so I see no reason why she can't go close if handling the ground.
Our busy Wednesday doesn't end there with Sea Shack also entered at Wolverhampton. He needs a few to drop out to get a run but I hope he does as he is back into form after a short break and has run well at the track before. He finds winning hard but will give it his best shot as per usual.
Another horse raring to go is Miss Green Dream but it has been a nightmare trying to get her in a race recently as the fields have been so over-subscribed. She is entered on Wednesday and Thursday but looks unlikely to get a run either day.
Four to Follow final standings
The competition came to a close last week with Great Yarmouth's final meeting of the year and I would like to thank them for their very generous sponsorship once again.
The standings were pretty cut and dried from an early stage as Ann Buy had a successful summer with Oud Metha Bridge and Gas Monkey earning her lots of points and the first prize of a table and dining for four people at a Yarmouth fixture in 2020.
The battle for second place was a tighter affair though and there was no splitting Linda Weston and Leonard Wain who shared second place and will both receive the prize of 12 months' membership to the N.E.T. Racing Club. Ross will be in touch towards the end of the year with details of the prizes.
Thank you to everyone for playing along and we hope that it gave you plenty of interest throughout the season.
The final standings can be seen below: