Before I get into the runners, I have the good news to report that a date for the annual Julia Feilden Racing Golf Day has been set. Taking place on Thursday 24th August at Newmarket Links Golf Club, anyone of any ability is welcome to play with tee-off at 12 noon and a cost of £32 per person. We will be hosting a barbecue at the yard afterwards and I hope the event can build on some great days out we have had in previous years. For more details or to register your interest, please email email@example.com
The horsebox is set for a busy week as we have a whole host of runners around the country in the coming days.
I've only ever had one runner at Ffos Las before and I'm pretty sure that was a luckless raid on the day the Welsh track first opened a few years ago so hopefully this trip will prove a bit more fruitful as we send two runners across the country on Monday.
Tallulah's Quest showed some promise in maiden races but is now up against much weaker opposition in handicap company. There only looks to be one other runner with any worthwhile form so I'd say she just has that one to beat. She is a filly we've always liked and hopefully she can kick start her career now.
Accompanying her will be Avocet. She has run OK in a couple of races for us since coming over from France but she hasn't quite shown what we think she's capable of so she will wear a pair of blinkers this time to try and squeeze some improvement out of her.
No sooner has the horsebox cooled down it will be off again on Tuesday up to Beverley with another pair of horses on board.
Pitch High has been very disappointing since running a great race on debut last year. He is a worrier though so we will put some earplugs on him in the racecourse stables to try and steady his nerves. He won't run in them though as he needs to be fired up in the race. He has more than enough ability to win a low grade race, the problem is getting him to do it.
Also up north will be Candesta. He has come on for his run after a break last time and has won at the course before so hopefully has a chance of landing some prize money.
Then on Wednesday we have another brace of raiders a bit closer to home at Yarmouth.
Majestic Moon ran a solid race in the Silver Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last week and thrives on being kept busy so another run a few days later won't bother him. He is dropping back to six furlongs for the first time in a while but he shows plenty of speed and should cope with it.
Another fast horse is Secret Strategy and he is slowly coming down to the right handicap mark after being over rated for a maiden race win. He is as boisterous as ever at home so seems in good heart.
The Bhatti family will be represented on Thursday and Friday as their two horses go racing.
Firstly, My Name Is Jeff will go to Leicester for his second career run. He is a big horse who will need some further education under his belt and this run will help improve him.
The following day, Spirit Of Sarwan goes up the road to Newmarket for a handicap. He has run some odd races in the past, missing the break and then running on at the finish so we hope gelding him since his last run will straighten out some of his quirks. He has won a class 3 race before so has plenty of ability but we're hoping he can show it a bit more regularly now.
Limerick Lord had to miss his intended run last week due to rain altering the going and hopefully the same won't happen on Saturday as he is in at Lingfield on the turf. He wasn't in the greatest form when we last saw him but he was second in this race last year and should be fresh after a holiday.
Also entered there will be Our Cilla. She isn't rated very high so may struggle to get a run but she is an honest filly who deserves to win a race.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Ken Campbell 55
Ros Taylor 55
John Chalklin 54
George Evans 53
Trevor Mather 44
Kevin Case 44
Julia Feilden 42
J Rogers 42
Eileen Turner 41
Annette Hall 40
John Tucker 40
Geoff Walton 40
Clare Peacock 40