Terri Rules is having a great time of things at the moment and made it four wins for the season when notching her second success at Yarmouth on Tuesday. As you all know, Shelley was unseated from her coming out of the stalls last time and dislocated her shoulder in the process so she is on the sidelines for a few weeks. Jamie Spencer is a master at riding hold-up horses so he was ideal for Terri and we were delighted when he was available for the race. It turned out to be a match made in heaven as Jamie bided his time at the back of the field and timed his challenge to perfection to hit the front inside the final furlong and win quite cosily. Terri seems to pull up when she hits the front and never wins by too far so this is helping her handicap mark not rise too quickly. Hopefully there is still more to come.
It turned out to be another good week for the yard with seven runners, all bar one of whom finished in the first four. Casey Banter went closest of the rest when missing out by just a nose and a neck under champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa at Chelmsford on Friday night. She has really hit a rich vein of form now after winning at Yarmouth the time before and she will continue to give N.E.T. Racing Club members plenty of fun for the rest of the year.
Looking ahead to this week, we will be celebrating the August bank holiday as we usually do - at Southwell! The track doesn't race during the summer months but always has this one meeting and we're thankful for it because we have quite a few horses who love the unique surface there.
Limerick Lord has already won three races at the course this year and has been running respectably on the turf since then. The return to his favourite track is sure to bring about a little more improvement in him and hopefully it's enough for him to get his head in front again.
Accompanying him will be Our Cilla. She hasn't been out much this year as she doesn't like firm ground so she is running here to get her spot on for when the wetter weather is more settled in, hopefully very soon.
The rest of our entries are up in the air as the horses all ran recently and I'll have to see how they are and decide whether to run again.
Lulu Star ran another good race at Chemsford last week when finishing third behind two progressive rivals. She is entered at the track on Thursday and I'll make a decision whether to run her when declarations are made on Tuesday.
Amelia George was a bit disappointing when finishing in mid-division last week but the frantic pace probably caught her out a bit. She could go to Wolverhampton on Saturday and has run well at the course already this year.
Completing the week could be Terri Rules at Brighton on Sunday. I'll have to see how much the handicapper raises her when the new ratings come out on Tuesday but she takes her racing well and has won at Brighton before so hopefully she is fresh enough to go again.
The annual Julia Feilden Racing Owners' Golf Day and barbecue takes place this Thursday and it's not too late to join. The barbecue is open to everyone and will kick off at the yard at 5pm whilst there are still spaces available for the golf which is open to everyone of all abilities. If you would like to join us on the fairways, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sunday's racing at Yarmouth saw the taking place of the annual N.E.T. Racing Club Kevin Case Memorial Quiz. It is very kindly organised by Club member Chris Shirran and, although no one really knows what's going on, he comes up with some great questions about the Club's runners and it is a really entertaining event for those that are there. This year's winner was Malcolm Buy who took home the coveted Kevin Case claret jug and was presented it by Kevin's wife, Maureen.
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Tony McGovern 123
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