I hope you all had a great time celebrating the New Year. Mine consisted of a trip to Lingfield with Spirit Of Sarwan followed by a big Chinese meal with the family in the evening. The only time I see midnight nowadays is if I'm coming back from night racing at Wolverhampton so I was fully asleep by the time the fireworks were lit!
We almost got 2018 off to the perfect start when our first runner of the year Majestic Moon went down narrowly at Southwell. He has really taken to the track this winter and looks sure to win there very soon.
Things are getting super busy in the yard now as the new year means that the horses on their winter break come back into work. The likes of Gas Monkey, Tallulah's Quest and Boxatricks have all been enjoying a holiday in the fields but now they are back on their return to race fitness. From this stage, it usually takes them three months to get back into shape so I hope to have them out by March for the new turf season.
Meanwhile we have plenty of horses to run in the near future and have a few entered this week.
On Friday, Best Example is entered at Southwell and it will be his first try at the track and over 1m6f. I've always found that horses tend to stay a bit further at Southwell than anywhere else so I think he will get the trip fine. He needs a good pace which is pretty much guaranteed at the track so hopefully he can get back into the prize money.
Then on Saturday we have a trio of runners although Sunset Bounty is unlikely to get a run.
At Lingfield, Maazel should have his first run for us and the N.E.T. Racing Club. He came to us from Roger Varian and has settled in well. He seems plenty fit enough to run and I think the 7f trip is what he needs. I wonder if he is rated a bit too high in the handicap to win but it'll be great to get a run into him and see what he's got.
That same day we will have another newcomer to the yard running in Lulu Star. She cost £100,000 as a yearling but only ran once for Richard Fahey before we bought her cheaply. She is still quite green at home and will come on for the run but she is one to bear in mind for handicap races further down the line.
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The full and final standings for the 2017 Four To Follow Competition will be published in there so everyone can see who won the bragging rights!