With the St Leger already run and the Arc having taken place this weekend, it looks as though the inevitable is happening and winter is fast approaching. Luckily we are still being blessed with some glorious days even though the temperature is a few degrees lower than that of a month or so ago as well as the light fading fast and we are waking up to some dark mornings.
Things don't stop here however as we are equally busy during the winter as we are during the summer and we aren't taking our foot off the gas this week.
Two runners head to the races tomorrow with Duke Of Diamonds going up the A1 to Pontefract. He has really found his feet this season with a pair of wins and an unlucky second last time on ground firmer than ideal. It's good to soft where he's heading and hopefully it doesn't dry out too much. He will be running over further than he has done before but all he does is gallop so hopefully he can plug on up the hill into some prize money again.
Also racing on Monday is Limerick Lord at Windsor. He is dropping back to five furlongs for the first time in a while but he did win over that trip a couple of years ago. The softish ground is a bit of an unknown but he usually runs a consistent race and hopefully he can do so again.
We were due to be doubly represented the following day but after Star Of The Stage got balloted out of his race at Kempton we are left with just Little Orchid representing us down at Brighton on Tuesday. She is improving all the time and showed last time she handled the course's unique undulations with a third place finish so you would hope she can be thereabouts at the finish again.
Both of our Wednesday entries - Mungo Madness and Handheld - prefer some cut in the ground so I will monitor the situation at Nottingham before deciding whether they will get the go ahead.
Mungo has really surprised us with his good efforts recently and he looks a horse capable of winning a maiden sometime.
Handheld has won twice at the course and his best two runs this year came there so you can never write him off.
Best Example is taking all his work in his stride as we up the ante for what will hopefully be his comeback run on October 13th at Chelmsford. He was pretty fat after some time off at Godolphin's but his gradually-increasing fitness regime has seen him shape up well.
Tallulah's Quest has also been training well and recovered quickly from her slight muscle strain. She is growing everyday though so I will aim to get a run into her this season and maybe put her away for a while as she will be a lovely filly when fully developed.
Pitch High was given a (slightly harsh) rating of 66 by the handicapper after his three maiden runs so he will be aimed for a handicap at Nottingham on October 12th.
Three to Follow Leaderboard
Ross Birkett 64
Jonathan Kinge 63
Liam Doran 62
Gary Wardle 62
Annette Hall 61
Jean Allen 61
Maureen Case 56
Anthea Telford 56
Barbara Walton 56
Michael Buckley 55