Our 2nd annual golf day proved to be another hit with the weather yet again coming good on the day and everyone enjoyed a great round of golf under clear blue skies at Newmarket's Links Golf Course. As I've never played the sport in my life, I was left in charge of catering and it was great to welcome so many people back to the yard for a barbecue and some drinks. The day has grown each year so I hope to see more of you next time!
Unfortunately Go On Gal's consistent run of four second placings came to an end yesterday with a flat effort at Chelmsford but Spirit Of Sarwan and Star Of The Stage kept us in form earlier in the week with a placing each at Kempton.
Hopefully we can stay in the money again this week with a handful of runners.
Monday sees the return of Sabre Rock to action after a short break. He looks absolutely fantastic and his homework has been very good so hopefully he can continue his return to peak form. He ran much better at Newcastle last time and if he can build on that he should be thereabouts at the finish.
On the same day I'll be trekking up to Thirsk with N.E.T. Racing Club's Handheld as we go hunting for some soft ground which is the key to him. He has a wide draw but there are quite a few bad horses in the race so that may mean we stay out of the way of them. Handheld seems well at home so hopefully the trip is worth it.
The following day we will be doubly represented again with Limerick Lord and Harry Bosch.
Limerick has been remarkably consistent recently having finished second or third in his last four runs and he looks to have another great chance again this time. He usually finds one who can quicken past him at the finish but he remains in good heart and should run well.
Harry Bosch goes into the unknown as he sees some hurdles for the first time at a racecourse. He has been going through the motions a bit on the flat this year and his owners are both keen National Hunt fans so we thought this would be worth a go. Harry has schooled nicely at home under jockey Trevor Whelan and the change of scene could just be what he needs. Obviously his stamina is under question but Southwell's jumps course is not too testing.
A quiet few days after will give me a chance to keep tabs on the yearling sales taking place at Doncaster later in the week. It's hard to believe the sales season has come around already but I'm not mad keen to buy many yearlings as we have done so well with our breeze-up buys this season. However, I can never resist a bargain so watch this space!
We won't have any representatives until Sunday when Silver Alliance bids to make it a hat-trick of wins at Goodwood. He has come alive in blinkers recently but a 6lb rise for his latest win puts him on a high mark so he needs to continue his resurgence. Part-owner Steve Clarke tells me Silver has never won on a right-handed course before but he did run well at Glorious Goodwood a few years back so hopefully he can buck the trend. It is quite a valuable race for the grade and we managed to win it a couple of years ago with Automotive so fingers crossed we can win it again.
We always like to keep the horses mentally stimulated and happy in themselves so I didn't say no when Tess and Sarah asked to take two horses to the beach this weekend. The Ducking Stool and Silver Alliance were the lucky pair to go and by the looks of it they had a great time!
Thank you for all the submissions to the 'Name a horse' competition on the OWNERSHIP page of our website for N.E.T. Racing Club's latest recruit. Entires are open until the end of August so keep your names coming in and we will be revealing the shortlist soon.
THREE TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Ross Birkett 63
Jonathan Kinge 63
Annette Hall 61
Liam Doran 60
Gary Wardle 60
Jean Allen 60
Maureen Case 56
Anthea Telford 56
Barbara Walton 56
Michael Buckley 54