Every yard relies on one or two horses to bring home the bacon year after year and we have a lot to thank Limerick Lord for after he got us on the scoreboard for the year at Wolverhampton on Wednesday evening. He is usually a regular at Southwell and won three races there in 2018 so it had been disappointing to see him run some flat races there recently. The saying goes that 'a change is as good as a rest' so I thought he might just want a switch of tracks and he went to Wolverhampton as an unconsidered 16/1 shot. With no front-runners in the race, Shelley did the perfect thing of getting to the front and setting her own pace which meant that he could quicken clear in the straight and win by a cosy couple of lengths.
Limerick's owner Steve Clarke loves the horse to bits and never misses a race so it is a great reward that he could enjoy a memorable night and hopefully another won't be too far away as the horse should be full of confidence again after getting his head back in front.
It was a successful evening all round as Sea Shack wasn't far off making it a double when finishing second earlier in the evening. He has steadily been coming back to form and hopefully he can continue to build on things when he heads back to Wolverhampton on Wednesday. We will keep the apprentice Scott McCullagh on him as he gave him a nice ride and his 7lb allowance is very handy too.
Also on Wednesday we might have Lulu Star at Kempton. She made a very pleasing comeback after a short break when fourth last time and she should have come on for the run. We're stepping her up in trip as she looked outpaced last time and I'm pretty sure she will stay the extra distance so hopefully she can improve a bit more.
The remaining entries for the week come at Newcastle on Friday. It's a long way up the A1 to get there but our raids to the track have been pretty successful in the past year so I hope we can bring home a bit more prize money this time.
Gas Monkey is on an upward curve and ran another cracker last time when second at Kempton. The wide draw that day meant that he had to sit almost last during the race so he had a lot of ground to make up but he almost did it and probably bumped into an improving rival too. The uphill straight mile at Newcastle should be ideal for him and I think there is still some more to come from him.
Majestic Moon should appreciate the course too and I hope that he can make the most of his low rating as he certainly has enough ability to get competitive.
This week saw a somewhat subdued Tattersalls host their February Sale but I think that may have meant that I got a bargain as I was very happy to come home with a horse called Noble Account from the Godolphin draft. He is an unraced three-year old by one of the best stallions around in Dansili and he looks like he has just needed time to develop. His mum was placed in the Irish 1000 Guineas and his half sister was also a Group race performer so he certainly has the pedigree to be decent. We will give him a bit more time to develop but he will eventually be seen racing in the colours of owner Carol Bushnell.
Earlier in the sale we also sold Go On Gal but she hasn't gone far as one of her syndicate members bought her back and she is currently back at the yard in the paddocks whilst plans are made for her.