It was a busy end to the week with plenty of runners and although the first lot were a bit disappointing, we certainly ended it on a more positive note.
Wednesday saw us have four runners at two different meetings with Boxatricks faring best - he finished fifth but was in a photo for second and we couldn't believe it when he wasn't in the placings but it was a very tight finish. He is holding his form well now and I'm looking forward to getting him back on the turf. Having said that, it is starting to get pretty firm nearly everywhere and we are only in April so it doesn't bode well for the soft ground horses if we have another summer like last year.
We quietly fancied Wilson at Lingfield but he was never travelling and Shelley reported that he moved poorly through the race but we can't seem to find anything wrong with him so hopefully it was just a pulled muscle that he has quickly recovered from as he seems perfectly fine now.
Winter Snowdrop had her third career run to get a handicap mark whilst Approve The Dream was as fat as we thought he might be after a holiday and will improve a bundle for the comeback.
The better runs came from Casey Banter with another consistent third, Miss Green Dream who wasn't beaten far at Wolverhampton on Saturday and Terri Rules jumped a lot better from the stalls that same day and will be winning soon as we seem to have got the hang of her at the start now with a drop back to 5f to suit too.
Looking to the week ahead, there is a calm before the storm with just Majestic Moon at Southwell on Wednesday before a busy Saturday.
Moon is in great form at the track recently and should be on the premises again as he remains in good heart at home.
The busy Saturday I mentioned sees us with three entries at three different meetings with all looking likely to run.
Telekinetic has had a winter break as I wanted to save her for the turf but there weren't many opportunities for her in the first few months of the season which left me frustrated before the BHA put on an extra race at Nottingham so she will head there. I imagine she will improve for the run fitness wise but she works a lot better at home than her current rating so hopefully she can start showing it on the track.
Lulu Star will be heading down to Brighton for their first meeting of the year and she should be in the mix if handling the track's unique undulations. She is well-balanced and tough so I hope she will be effective there.
The third entry is our first two-year old runner in Ride and Prejudice at Kempton. I don't think she is 100% ready but the owner is having a big party at the races and wanted a runner so she has to go. She will be a nice horse in time and this will at least be some racecourse experience for her.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Ian Jennings 11
Gemma Whiffen 11
Stan Thompson 11
Colin Muirhead 10
Margaret Mallett 10
Ann Buy 8
Michaela Carter 8
Pat Rule 8
Jane Davies 8
Jeremy White 8