All the horses have been banging on the door recently but it is the girls who have been keeping us in the winners and Lulu Star joined recent heroes Terri Rules and Casey Banter as a winning filly in the yard after she won at Chelmsford on Thursday.
Lulu had been unlucky two runs before when making all the running at the same track only to be caught close to the line. She repeated those tactics again under Josh Bryan and thankfully the close finish was in our favour this time as she held on by just a nose.
I was delighted that the filly got her head in front for owner Tommy Healy who has been with the yard for years and this well-bred filly is looking a good investment for him after we bought her for just 6000gns last October.
We just have a few entries this week and will get off to a stalling start as Oceanus will be a non runner at Brighton on Monday. The ground was good to soft when we declared but the lovely weather we've had over the weekend means it is now good to firm which is too quick for him to show his best so he will wait for another day.
Good to firm isn't ideal for Go On Gal at Leicester on Tuesday either but she got balloted out of her last race at Southwell so is desperate for a run as she is in rude health at home. She has run well on firm ground in the past so can hopefully put in a good show but her best form is on softer ground.
Then on Saturday we have a couple of entries at different racecourses.
Oud Metha Bridge has been a model of consistency since we bought him last autumn after having seven runs for us and never finishing out of the first three with a win chucked in for good measure. That's going to be a tricky record to maintain but hopefully he can on Saturday as he is racing in the £70,000 London Mile final at Kempton. We have given him a break since his last run so he could freshen up for the run and he should be fit enough to do himself justice. It's not going to be an easy race and luck will play a huge part but hopefully he can show his best at a track he loves.
Racing for a bit less prizemoney at Wolverhampton will be Boxatricks. He has been improving with every run but never got involved last time when he was held-up at the back of the pack. We will ride him a bit more prominently this time and hopefully he can show some of his true ability.
Thank you to everyone who came to the Julia Feilden Racing Owners' Golf and barbecue on Thursday when we were once again blessed with some lovely weather. As usual, the competition was won by a 'bandit' who was alarmingly well-handicapped but the aim of the day is to have fun and everyone seemed to enjoy their day thoroughly. This event has become an annual fixture in our calendar so don't miss out next year! Some photos from the day can be seen HERE.
The autumn edition of our Harraton Herald newsletter came out this week and if you missed it, you can read a jam-packed edition HERE.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Rita Aspland 145
Tony McGovern 134
Dominic Lisle 131
Ged Turley 127
Tony Peacock 127
Simon Kirk 127
Paula Smith 126
Terry Mortimer 124
Mark Arlidge 124
Rod Gleed 120
**Full standings can be found in our latest newsletter**