It was only in last week's blog that I was complaining about the drought we had experienced over the past couple of months and the rain gods must be avid readers as they sent plenty of the wet stuff to us this week.
Friday was a washout at the races in the evening but we can't complain as it was very much needed and hopefully the yellow-coloured paddocks will start to look a bit more green again. There was even enough to gallop the horses on the grass which is something we haven't done in a long time as it has been too firm.
Racecourses around the country have done a great to job with their watering to produce safe ground to race on but Yarmouth usually avoids the rain and it seems to have done again as we go there on Tuesday with two runners.
Oceanus would prefer some more cut in the ground but we could be waiting forever to get it so he might as well have a run and, because it's a small field, he'll win prize money just for completing the race.
Two-year old Highway Robbery will be going with him for his second career run and I expect a much better show from him than on his debut when he was very green. The step up to seven furlongs is what he wants and I hope he can run a respectable race.
Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to Ross' RideLondon 100 mile bike ride which he did this Sunday and managed to complete his target of riding it in under five hours - 4.56 to be precise!
He has raised over £800 for our local industry charity Racing Welfare and it's not too late to make a donation via his page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com
Ross' ride actually went past Sandown racecourse and he said it was pouring with rain at that point which is good news as Boxatricks would like some cut in the ground when he goes there on Wednesday evening.
Despite finishing last in all three of his maiden runs, the handicapper still rated him 60 which seems a bit high but the only way to see is by running him and the stiff mile at Sandown should suit him.
Another horse who wants the mud to fly is Our Cilla but that looks unlikely for her at Newmarket on Friday. She hasn't been out all summer because of the ground so she can have this run and it should put her straight for when the weather does eventually break in the near future (we hope!).
Rounding off the week will be Casey Banter at Chelmsford on Saturday. She ran a blinder when second there last time and the step up to a mile really suited her. I think she is best on the all-weather so hopefully it won't be too long before she gets her head in front.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Tony Peacock 96
Simon Kirk 96
Mark Arlidge 96
Rita Aspland 95
Paula Smith 91
Rod Gleed 89
Tony McGovern 89
Sam Feilden 86
Robert Wright 86
Dominic Lisle 86