With suitable races thin on the ground over the coming week, we find ourselves without a runner so it's a good chance to have a first look at next year's stars, the yearlings, who are now back with us from pre-training.
Gas Monkey is a homebred by Group 1 winner Cityscape, out of our prolific mare Bavarica. He will be joining the N.E.T. Racing Club roster next year and should give members plenty of fun.
He is bred to improve with age but he certainly doesn't look backward and should be seeing plenty of action next year.
The second of our yearlings was bought from Ireland's Goffs Sales in September. He is by Arakan who has had great success as a sire with the likes of Dick Turpin, Toormore and Trumpet Major. He was the standout on the day he was sold and looked different class to anything else there. He too is a strong-looking colt and should be hitting the track early next year. It is likely that he will be partly syndicated so watch this space!
Both horses have brilliant temperaments and haven't put a foot wrong since first stepping on Newmarket Heath a couple of weeks ago.
It's no surprise they are so well behaved though as leading them about their work is the brilliant Handheld. The nine-year old retired recently due to a recurrent tendon injury but he is sound enough to lead the babies in their steady work. He is a dream to ride and is perfect for this job.
Limerick Lord put in a good show at Southwell last week when finishing second. We knew the return to that course would see him in a better light as he seems to really like the style of racing there. He is sure to be winning at the track very soon.
Attain seems to come alive at this time of year and he is absolutely flying at the moment. There's a perfect race for him in a few weeks' time so hopefully he can stay well until then.
Majestic Moon is the yard flag-bearer after we bought the 100-rated gelding at Tattersalls last month. He has settled into our routine very well and will be ready to strut his stuff towards the end of the month. He has some high-class form to his name and hopefully we can have some big days with him at the country's most prestigious meetings. There are a few shares left in him, for more information head to the OWNERSHIP page.
Those of you on Twitter will have seen my tweet on there about the new racecourse ticket system for owners. Before, I would just email the racecourse a list of who was attending on the morning of the race and then they would dish the tickets out as and when the owners arrived. However, the new system is all done online and I have to log in to submit a badge request. The trouble comes with syndicates that, by the sounds of it, everyone has to arrive at the same time to collect their tickets. I know this sounds ridiculous as how can you organise six different couples to arrive at the same time from various locations around the country?! I can only apologise now if there is a bit of confusion at first as the system sorts itself out and it will soon change to fit into the real world! I will do my best to make sure there is as little hassle as possible when attending the races.
As detailed last week, my good friend and member of the team Terry Rule passed away recently and, for those interested, his funeral will be held at Moulton Church, Moulton at 12 noon on Wednesday 16th November with the wake held at The Packhorse Inn, Moulton.
THREE TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD (ends 1st December)
Ross Birkett 72
Jean Allen 71
Annette Hall 68
Jonathan Kinge 68
Michael Buckley 68
Liam Doran 65
Gary Wardle 65
Barbara Walton 58
Maureen Case 57
Anthea Telford 57