A busy couple of days last week didn't produce a winner but there were some good results thrown in there with all six runners coming home in the prize money.
Sea Shack rarely runs a bad race and he was back in the thick of things at Chelmsford on Thursday with another third place added to his CV. I thought Gas Monkey had a big chance that night too but he ran unusually below-par which could have been down to a couple of things - he got bumped going into the first bend which made him quite keen plus he usually has a month between his races to freshen up but this time he had less than that so a combination of factors could have been the reason for his disappointing effort. He's still my yard favourite though and he'll be back to his best very soon.
The following day at Lingfield we had plenty of action with Majestic Moon doing best in second place whilst Limerick Lord and Winter Snowdrop both finished in the placings.
This coming week shouldn't be as busy so I'll be able to enjoy watching Cheltenham at home but we will be heading to the races on Wednesday and Friday.
On the first day at Kempton we have a trio of entries but whether they run depends on the field sizes as they need some horses to drop out to get into the race. Boxatricks and Candesta are in the same race and I would prefer to just run the former. He has had a few annoying hold-ups which have kept him off the track recently but he seems to be over them now and can get back running. It might just turn out that he isn't fully fit after his break so I expect him to improve for the run whatever he achieves.
Also entered there is I'm Brian. He will be having his first career run and it will probably be a steep learning curve for him but it'll be good for him to get some experience under his belt.
We have another three horses entered at Chelmsford on Friday, all in the same race but they won't be taking each other on. Sea Shack is also in at Wolverhampton on Saturday and he will most likely go there. Hopefully the race divides so then Candesta and Casey Banter can both run in different divisions. Casey has had a winter holiday and, like most of mine that are coming back from a break, she isn't fully wound up yet as it is a long season ahead of her so I want her to process with her first few runs so she peaks mid-season. Candesta has been running all winter so doesn't have those concerns but the thing most likely to stop him from winning is himself!
Just a note for anyone coming to the yard over the next month - you most likely come off the A14/A11 and head down Windmill Hill past the John Deere shop into Exning so please note that this road is closed for eight weeks of roadworks. Your best way from the Exning junction is via Tesco or to come off at the Newmarket exit and drive through the town to us. Don't let it put you off coming though!