Well last week didn't go as planned with our four runners at Wolverhamptoon on Friday night failing to hit the target.
Newcomer Critical Thinking ran the best race - after a slow start he showed signs of greeness and ran on well in the straight to almost snatch third place. He will improve a bundle for this run and hopefully he will be getting his head in front this winter.
On we move to this coming week with a host of runners.
Before that, we will be heading to Ascot Sales on Monday with Secret Ballerina. She is bred to be a useful two-year old but sadly things just haven't clicked for her. She is very sound and genuine so could continue racing or make another career for herself.
On Tuesday we go to Southwell and, providing there isn't a monsoon of rain between now and then, racing won't be abandoned like last time! We are sending the same pair that were due to race that day in Valley Lodge and Limerick Lord. The former should be suited to the track's unique surface and I can't see the step up to a mile being a problem. We haven't seen the best of him yet and I hope the course can bring it out of him.
Limerick Lord is proven at the track and bounced back to form when second there last time. He will be racing in a higher grade than normal but I'm sure he'll run his usual honest race.
The following day, Dakota City goes to Lingfield in a bid to kick-start his all-weather campaign. He was a bit ring-rusty last time but that run should have put him straight and he went down a couple of pounds in the handicap too. He has won at the track before but his hold-up style does tend to mean he needs plenty of luck in running. His work at home is as good as ever and he should be up to running well.
Thursday will see the stable debut of Majestic Moon, the 100-rated gelding we bought in October. He has settled in really well to our way of doing things and seems to be happy at home. He is quite lazy on the gallops though so it's hard to know if he is up to his rating but I suspect he is one of those horses who saves himself for raceday. He is quite a stuffy horse so will improve for the run but it would be great if he could get his career with us off to a flying start as we hope he can take us to all the big meetings next year.
Thank you for all the positive feedback on our monthly newsletter - the Harraton Herald. It has been going a few months now and was set up to give everyone a light-hearted look behind the scenes at the yard and I'm glad it is being well received. If you missed this month's edition, you can view it online: https://issuu.com/juliafeildenracing/docs/harraton_herald_november_2016
THREE TO FOLLOW FINAL TOP 10
Thank you to everyone who took part in this year's 'Three To Follow' competition. I hope it provided you with plenty of fun throughout the year and gave you something to cheer, even if you didn't even own the horse.
After leading for a while now, Ross managed to hang on for a narrow win over Jean Allen. He assures me it wasn't a fixed result and says the winnings can go towards the staff Christmas party! A full list of the final results will be published in next month's newsletter.
Look our for next year's competition in early 2017!
Ross Birkett 71 Go On Gal 30 Silver Alliance 28 The Ducking Stool 15
Jean Allen 69 Little Orchid 15 Silver Alliance 28 Star Of The Stage 29
Annette Hall 68 Go On Gal 30 Star of the Stage 29 Dark Diamond 10
Jonathan Kinge 68 Serendib's Glory 10 Star of the Stage 29 Duke Of Diamonds 29
Liam Doran 63 Go On Gal 30 Dakota City 6 Limerick Lord 33
Gary Wardle 63 Secret Ballerina 8 Attain 30 Silver Alliance 28
Michael Buckley 62 Secret Ballerina 8 Silver Alliance 28 Attain 30
Barbara Walton 58 Sunset Bounty 0 Attain 30 Star Of The Stage 29
Maureen Case 57 Kemsing 13 Attain 30 The Ducking Stool 15
Anthea Telford 57 Kemsing 13 Attain 30 The Ducking Stool 15