I'm surprised it's taken me this long to mention it on the blog but the dry weather is starting to become a pain! There has been no significant rainfall in Newmarket since 24th May and it's starting to tell - the Heath looks more like the Dubai desert and there are horses in the yard who just can't run because the ground is too firm for them and they don't perform very well on the all-weather. I know we'll all be complaining when the heavens do open again but some rain will certainly be welcomed when it does come...providing it falls at night when we're not riding out!
With firm ground across the country, the authorities have wisely been putting on additional all-weather meetings to provide safe racing ground and we will be at one of those on Tuesday at Newcastle. Pitch High and Tallulah's Quest will be making the journey up north and hopefully they can continue our lucky streak there. Pitch was a winner at the track late last year and has run some good races since, most notably when just getting touched off at Wolverhampton last time. They key to him is making the running so if he can get to the front early on, he should run well.
Tallulah is the complete opposite as she needs to hit the front as late as possible. She has tonnes of ability but still hasn't won a race yet. Things needs to go perfectly for her and I think the uphill seven furlongs at Newcastle will help her out.
We will be doubly represented on Thursday too with a trip to Yarmouth on the cards.
Approve The Dream showed plenty of promise on his debut at Newmarket last time and we knew he would improve a lot for the run. He definitely has enough ability to win a maiden race as a two-year old but unfortunately this one looks pretty competitive with some decent horses entered in it. You never know though, so he will take his chance and can hopefully run well again.
Accompanying him will be N.E.T. Racing Club horse Maazel. He has had a bit of time off after having some issues with his back but he is in top form again now and ready to run. We have tried to keep him fresh so he isn't 100% fit at the moment and the run will bring him on but I hope he can still nab some prize money as turf racing will suit him much better than when he was last seen on the all-weather.
We will also have two entries on Saturday at different tracks.
Oud Metha Bridge is in at Salisbury but I highly doubt he will run with no rain forecast. He is ready to win on the turf but won't run if it is too firm.
Majestic Moon doesn't seem to mind top of the ground and he will take his chance at Ascot that day. He ran in the same race last year when it ironically poured with rain and made the ground very testing which he didn't like too much. Hopefully things stay reasonable this time and he should run his usual honest race whilst giving his syndicate of owners a good day out at a big track.
New boy Wilson has settled in very well and has hit the ground running on the gallops. He only ran two weeks before we bought him so is very fit and the plan is to run him in the valuable Brighton Mile Handicap which is the highlight of Brighton's three day festival in early August. He has won at the track before and should go there with a big chance. You can join his syndicate for just £1600 for a 10% share with £200 per month all-inclusive training fees. More details can be found on our OWNERSHIP page.
Moving with the times, we are now on social media platform Instagram which is an app you can download on your phone and provides you with pictures and a behind the scenes look of life at the yard. You can follow us by searching for JULIAFEILDENRACING.
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