We've had some large raiding parties at Yarmouth's two meetings so far this year and we'll be there on Wednesday with a load more runners as we try to be as lucky as last time when we went home with two winners.
The ground is a bit different this time though as the non-stop rain we've had has turned things from too firm for some to too soft for others. It also means that the races have loads of entries as everyone who has been waiting for some softer ground with their horses has entered them here.
One of those horses is Oceanus who loves it when the mud flies and didn't ever really get those conditions after winning at the track last spring. He's one of our six entries at Yarmouth and I would have preferred it if he had had a recent run but the firm ground has kept him off the track. Hopefully that means he is fresh though and can make a good show.
On the other hand, Lulu Star wouldn't want it soft and I might save her for Chelmsford next week instead which could help Telekinetic get into the same race as she is a long way down the ballot and needs plenty of others to drop out to get a run. I hope she does as she is in flying form and will handle any ground conditions.
So does Majestic Moon and he has taken a busy spell of racing really well so there's no reason not to run him as he knows he gets some nice days out in the paddocks afterwards! He has been thereabouts recently without looking like winning but he was badly hampered last time so is better than that result.
The final couple of our six entries are Boxatricks and Spanish Mane in the last two races. Boxatricks ran ok at the course last time and should appreciate the easier ground whilst Spanish Mane has made a remarkable recovery since falling last time and hasn't taken a lame step since, nor has her confidence been dented. She'll need things to dry up a bit if she is going to run but the forecast looks hot and sunny so it just might.
The following day at Newmarket sees us with a trio of inexperienced horses getting some racing under their belts.
Lily Bonnette has always looked a racy two-year filly and has taken every step of her training well. She isn't the finished article yet and this outing will do her the world of good.
Likewise Noble Account, who still hasn't got his summer coat yet and looks like a hairy bear despite out best efforts to get him looking shiny. That's probably just a sign of his rawness and he has an awful lot more to come but will need this experience to get his head in the game and know what racing is all about.
The third youngster heading to HQ on Thursday evening will be Raha. She was pretty green on her debut a couple of weeks ago and this will be another day out for her as she looks like a filly who will come into herself later in the season.
It's just a short and sharp week of runners for us but there's loads to do at home with Shelley off injured since her fall at Yarmouth two weeks ago. Thank you to everyone who keeps asking after her, she is up and about now and is very mobile with her hip but obviously has to take things easy until her collarbone heals fully. Hopefully that will only be another couple of weeks though and she can be back in action.
In other news, Dell's Boy hasn't quite reached the grade of making a racehorse despite being given plenty of time so I've decided to find him a home outside of racing where he can have a great life and doesn't have to try and run fast! A replacement for the N.E.T. Racing Club isn't far away though as the previously unnamed Camacho filly we have has stepped in to fill the void. Club members voted to name her Exning Queen and she should make her debut on 22nd May. Like the other three horses in the Club, she should give members plenty of fun and be a consistent and likeable filly.