This time last week I never would have thought that we would have seen the rain that we did this week and it caused havoc with the running plans but thankfully we still came out of it all with a winner. Most of our horses went to the races without us actually knowing if they would handle soft ground as it had been so long since we had it but the only way to find out is by trying your luck on it and all bar one actually went well with some cut in the ground.
Oud Metha Bridge is in a rich vein of form at the moment and doubled his tally for the season with another Yarmouth success after a narrow second place in between. After torrential rain all day, I had my doubts whether he would go on the ground but jockey Sean Kirrane seemed confident he would and he was proven correct as Oud cruised through the race and won with a bit in hand. He is a gentleman of a horse who has his own mind about things but is easy to work with once you know how he thinks.
There were plenty of other good efforts through the week with Boxatricks getting back to form with a third place as well as Sir Fred and Approve The Dream running respectably despite conditions not to their liking.
Looking ahead to this week, it'll be a bit quieter as we sadly haven't got a horse good enough for Royal Ascot but at least that means I can enjoy watching it on the TV, apart from on Tuesday when we will be in action at Brighton with two runners.
Both Wilson and Highway Robbery will be heading to the south coast in great from after some good recent performances, including a win by Highway Robbery last time for which he went up 6lbs in the weights. It shouldn't be too much of a hinderance though and the only thing stopping him will be his ability to handle the unique track but he did have a run there last year in a maiden race.
Wilson has loads of course form and was an eye catcher last time when flying home to finish third. A repeat of that run would see him go very close.
After that we won't be racing again until the weekend when Noble Account is entered at Newmarket on Friday and Saturday. We will pick whichever race looks best for him but it will be his third career run and he will be eligible for handicap races after this. He will wear a hood this time to help him settle after racing a bit too keenly last time.
Raha is also entered but will likely run the following week.
Our two-year olds haven't been seen much recently with just Alibaba making his debut last week at Leicester, an experience he will improve a lot for. Ride & Prejudice has been given a bit of time to strengthen up as has Lily Bonnette and both seem to have done well for the time off and will be out again very soon.
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