As per usual, the weather has been the main factor on the horses' performances recently and, after soft ground proved against a couple of our runners last month at Yarmouth, firm ground went against some last week.
The ever-reliable Majestic Moon picked up some more prize money when finishing fourth as part of our Yarmouth raiding party last Wednesday. He looks after himself a bit when the ground is firm but he could head to York next Saturday if he feels fine, we will ride him out on Monday and see how he is.
Tallulah's Quest was another to fill the places when passing the post third in her race. She is a filly we have liked since day one but needs everything to drop right if she is to win. She has plenty of ability though and it won't be long before she gets her head in front.
I thought Casey Banter would run OK that day too but she was a bit fresh after a long time off the track and got pretty tired towards the finish. She is a tough little filly who will give the N.E.T. Racing Club plenty of fun this year.
We have another raiding party for the seaside track this week but before then, Terri Rules will be heading up north to Redcar on Monday. She won with a bit in hand at Newcastle last time and the handicapper hasn't been too harsh on her for it. Dropping back to 5f with hold-up tactics seems to be the key and she has been in great form at home since. The ground is likely to be fast and that is one question mark as her best turf form is with cut in the ground but we can't be sure she doesn't like it until we try her on it so we'll soon find out.
We always love a trip to Yarmouth and once again we have plenty of entries there on Wednesday. The ground was very firm there last week with one race even breaking the course record time and that will have a say on how many we run as some of them wouldn't want really firm conditions.
Go On Gal is a very versatile horse and she handles all types of going. She has been doing well at Southwell this winter and her turf form is just as good so hopefully she can continue her consistent run. Oceanus is in the same race and he dug deep to win at the track last time. That was on soft ground though so we'll have to assess the conditions for him.
Oud Metha Bridge has proven to be a bargain buy since we got him last October for 10,000gns and he hasn't been out of the first three in five runs since then. He was a bit below par when third at the course last time but that run came just a week after his last one so he was probably a bit flat. He has had plenty of time to recharge the batteries and will be in with a shout if taking his chance but he would not run if it was firm.
Limerick Lord has been the star of the show this year after three wins from his last four runs. All those successes came at Southwell which is a place he loves but he has gone very close on the turf and he will one day get his head in front on the green stuff. He might be better on a turning track too but he should give everyone a run for their money as he is in very good heart at the moment.
In the same race is Pitch High but he is another who wouldn't want rattling quick ground. He has been holding his form but didn't stay a mile at Newcastle last time. Seven furlongs is his best trip and he loves to bowl along and keep galloping.