We're set for a busy week with loads of runners entered so I'll get straight down to it and give you the lowdown on them all.
The best chance of the week looks to be the first as the apple of my eye Gas Monkey heads to Nottingham on Tuesday. I definitely have a soft spot for him as he was the first winner that I have bred and he is such a lovely character. The firm ground has meant that he has only run twice this year with a win and a second to his name but he is ready to take his chance and hopefully the track doesn't dry out too much after last week's rain. The step up to 1m2f is what he needs now and I think he is still developing into a nice horse.
Brighton's three-day festival kicks off on Wednesday and we'll be there on the first couple of days as it is a track that we are usually lucky at.
Lulu Star ran a much better race over a mile last time and it is apparent that she doesn't like to be crowded in her races so hopefully the course at Brighton is wide enough for her to have her own space up the straight. All her best form so far is on the all-weather so it remains to be seen whether she is as good on grass.
Also entered that day is new boy Wilson. We bought him from Luca Cumani's stable last month and he had recently run before we bought him so his syndicate of owners haven't had to wait long for their first day out. Despite this, I was surprised how unfit he was when he arrived so I expect him to improve for the run and we also need to learn more about him so it'll be a learning curve for us all. He is also entered at Sandown on Thursday evening and will run wherever looks to be his best chance of landing some prize money.
Another entered on Wednesday is Terri Rules. She has had a great year with three wins on the board but looked a bit flat last time so she has had three weeks to recharge the batteries and put in a lovely piece of work at the weekend. She still has some room to improve off her handicap mark so hopefully another win isn't far away.
Thursday could see us represented at three different meetings with the already mentioned Wilson at Sandown as well as three entries at Brighton.
Highway Robbery is improving with every run he has and this will be his third so he will qualify for handicap races after this and they will see him to best effect in the near future.
Limerick Lord is a regular at the track and is rarely out of the places. He looked a bit tired last time so we have freshened him up and he is ready for battle again.
Maazel is the other we have going to the seaside and I think he will have a little squeak. He needed the run after a break last time and the uphill finish at Brighton should really suit him as he can get behind in his races and usually comes with a late rattle.
On a different coast at Yarmouth, Casey Banter could take her chance. She showed her best form yet when second over a mile at Chelmsford last time so the drop to 7f and return to turf leaves her with something to prove but horses by her sire tend to like the firm ground so here's hopping she does too as it is a very weak race.
The horsebox will barely have time to cool down as it'll be on the road again on Friday as Amelia George will hopefully get a run at Wolverhampton. She caused a stir last time when finishing second after four years off the track and it wasn't a surprise to us that she ran so well as she had been going well on the gallops. Her fitness has improved a lot for that run and I think the handicapper has been very kind with her rating so fingers crossed she can be competitive again.
The final entry for the week will be Majestic Moon at Ascot's Shergar Cup meeting on Saturday. He probably isn't rated high enough to get into the race but it'll be a great day out for his owners if he does and the prize money on offer is very generous too so it is worth a go.
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