I suppose we're not home and hosed in summer just yet so some variable weather can be expected but quite how the temperature has gone from 26c last week to 6c this weekend is beyond me. It comes at a time when the horses are just starting to get their summer coats so just as they get a nice shine, the cold weather comes and the rugs have to go back on to keep them in top condition.
The extra effort seems to be paying off though as last week's busy Tuesday was a half decent one with Limerick Lord and Spirit of Sarwan finishing fourth and third respectively at Brighton, despite only each being beaten a length by the winner and Oud Metha Bridge also filling third spot at Yarmouth eventhough he was a little flat after his run just 11 days before.
We have plenty of ammo in the yard to fire in the winners and I was hoping for a good coming week but it looks as though the forecast torrential rain will keep some of them at home.
We've got five horses declared at Yarmouth on Tuesday but I doubt they will all run as Tallulah's Quest and Lulu Star wouldn't want anything softer than good ground which looks unlikely if Monday's rain arrives.
One who won't mind it is Oceanus. He has been running consistently on the all-weather this winter but I do think he is better on the turf so hopefully he can step things up a notch. He is on a rating he can be competitive off so hopefully he will be in the shake-up.
Another definite runner beside the seaside will be Majestic Moon. He prefers faster ground but he is in need of a run after a break and will be a lot fitter next time for the outing.
Also there is Candesta. He too is better on quicker ground so is probably best watched.
The good thing about the all-weather is that you don't have to worry what the ground will be like and that means plans are a bit more certain towards the end of the week.
On Thursday, Go On Gal will bid to make it back to back wins at Southwell after winning bravely there last time. She has had a bit of time off since then only because we were saving her for races at Southwell so she will be fresh and fit to try and get her head in front again. She is down to 1m3f but she is very versatile with regards to the distance so it shouldn't be a problem.
Accompanying her will be Limerick Lord. He too loves Southwell and won twice there last month. He ran a decent race at Brighton last week under Adam Kirby but having Shelley back on claiming 3lbs off his back will be a big help.
Our recent trip to Newcastle was worth it with Lulu Star finishing third so hopefully another long journey up north will be rewarded with some more prize money on Friday.
Pitch High has been in flying form at home recently and he is a much better horse on a straight track so you can ignore his runs since winning at this course late last year. He loves to bowl along and goes far better at home than his current rating so hopefully things can go his way and he can put in another decent effort.
With him will be Terri Rules. She made a very pleasing comeback when not beaten far at Kempton last time and I don't think the drop to 5f on a stiff track like Newcastle will be a problem so fingers crossed she too can make her mark.
The Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sale takes place at the end of the week and we will be on the hunt for another horse to syndicate. Demand has been high for a new horse so we will be working hard to find a bargain which can give everyone plenty of fun. Stay tuned for more info.