This blog is certainly a lot easier to write after a winner and thankfully this is the fourth week running that I've been able to report some good news. Wilson was the star this time and he was our second winner by the minimum distance (a nose) this year after Highway Robbery won by the same distance earlier this month.
Wilson had shown himself to be in good form with a third place finish last time over the same course and distance but we thought the drier ground on this occasion might play against him so it was a surprise to see him coming with a late rattle and getting his nose in front on the line under a superb ride from Josh Bryan. His syndicate of owners love just going racing so winning as well made it an extra special day.
It was a relatively quiet week on the racetrack otherwise with Highway Robbery, Raha and Noble Account all running ok and we came away learning a bit more about them all.
Yarmouth hosts a fixture this week so we'll be out in force there but there's some good chances before then.
Gas Monkey has a couple of entries but Newbury on Tuesday looks the most likely target providing the ground dries up. He will be stepping up to 1m3f which should be within his capabilities but he does need to be given the perfect ride so hopefully Sean Kirrane can deliver him at the right time in this apprentice jockeys' race. Gas Monkey looked a much better horse when wearing a hood and winning at Yarmouth last time so fingers crossed there is more to come and he can give the N.E.T. Racing Club more to shout about
We have three entries at Leicester on Thursday but there are loads of runners in each race so I doubt any of them will run but Exning Queen will take her chance at Newmarket on that same day. She has built upon each of her two career runs and this race will be some more experience for her before she qualifies for handicap races.
As mentioned, we'll have a strong raiding party heading to Yarmouth on Friday to try and continue our good season by the seaside and the best chance could be with our first runner New Expo who ran a blinder at the track last time to finish 3rd at 100/1. He has come out of the race really well and seems to be getting the hang of things now whilst the extra distance should suit him too.
Telekinetic is another to have run well at Yarmouth this year but ran below par last time just a week after her previous run. Maybe the race came too soon for her so she has been freshened up and can hopefully get back to form here.
Also hoping to bounce back is Spanish Mane who ran as if low on confidence last time following her crashing fall the time before. Physically there is nothing wrong with her and we've been trying to fill her with confidence at home. If it works, she is very well handicapped and ready to win on firm ground.
Closer to home on Friday we have a couple of entries in the same race at Newmarket.
I'd prefer to run Approve The Dream at Leicester on Thursday but he probably won't get in so Newmarket looks the next best option. He didn't like the soft ground at Yarmouth last time but his great attitude saw him run well despite this. He loves to bowl along in front and make the running so Newmarket's July Course should suit him.
Boxatricks is also in the same race and would ideally go to Yarmouth the day before but I doubt he'll get a run so this may be his race. He seemed to prefer the softer ground when third last time but I doubt he'll get those conditions here.
Rounding off the week will be Miss Green Dream at Windsor on Saturday. She almost got her first win on the board at Yarmouth but ran out of gas towards the finish and filled second place. She has been to the races since then but pulled a front shoe off on the way to the start so couldn't run. It may have been a blessing in disguise as I don't think she would have liked the soft ground in hindsight so she goes here a bit fresher than she would have been. The track should suit her and I hope she can run well again. It'll be the N.E.T. Racing Club's third runner of the week and with Casey Banter running the following Monday that'll be all four of the Club's horses running in a week...fantastic value for £200 per year membership! Find out more on our OWNERSHIP page.
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