Autumn definitely seems to have made an appearance this week as the temperature struggles to get very high and the mornings have become a bit more chilly. We've had a lot of rain across the country which has meant a few of our intended runners haven't raced due to unsuitable ground.
However, the ones that did go kept up the good form of the yard by notching a bit more prize money. Oceanus came back from a short break in tremendous form and was only beaten a head at Brighton last Monday. He likes a bit of cut in the ground so should do well for the remainder of the turf season. He is currently available for syndication and would be a very fun horse to get involved in for not much money. More information is on our Ownership page.
Hitting the frame the following day was Casey Banter at Kempton. She ran well on debut before finding life in maiden races a bit too tough. She had been given a nice rating by the handicapper though and found things a lot easier on her first run in a handicap to finish third. She is a tough little filly who will give the N.E.T. Racing Club plenty of days out and something to shout about.
The weather will be a deciding factor in runners this week and it has already ruled Limerick Lord out of his intended run at Brighton on Monday due to the soft ground.
The good thing about all-weather racing is that you don't have to worry about the going so Candesta will head to Kempton on Wednesday. He hasn't achieved much recently but has been coming down in the weights as a result and he does usually come to himself at this time of year so it wouldn't surprise me if he showed a bit more spark.
It's hard to believe that the St Leger meeting is nearly upon us as it is a definite signal that summer is over. We have Majestic Moon entered there on Thursday and hopefully things won't go too soft for him. He handles a bit of cut in the ground and the drop back to six furlongs shouldn't pose a problem so hopefully he can have a chance of winning the £20,000 pot.
One horse who doesn't mind what the ground throws at her is Our Cilla. She sprang a surprise at Lingfield on soft ground in the summer and showed that was no fluke when finishing third at Nottingham a couple of weeks later. We have given her a while to freshen up again and she will head back to Lingfield over the course and distance she won over on Saturday. She never shows you much at home but seems happy enough in herself so can hopefully keep up her good run of form.
Tallulah's Quest will also be given an entry at Lingfield as well as at Ffos Las on Sunday. The forecast doesn't look too good for either though as the only time she has run poorly is when the going was testing. She is a winner waiting to happen but needs conditions in her favour. We may have to go to the all weather with her if things don't dry up.
If it is drier than we expect, Terri Rules will also be heading west to Ffos Las. She has been unlucky not to win and did too much in front last time. We will ride her more patiently this time and hope for a better result.
Don't forget that next Sunday is Newmarket Open Day and we will be one of the yards open to the public. You will get a chance to see the horses relaxing in the fields as well as getting hands on with others in the yard. We have plenty of foals to see as well as complimentary refreshments. We will be open from 10.30am - 1pm.
More info can be found at: http://www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk/wp/
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
John Chalklin 85
Geoff Walton 76
Brad Dines 75
Julia Feilden 75
Ken Campbell 74
Ros Taylor 74
John Tucker 74
Eileen Turner 72
George Evans 71
J Rogers 71