Amelia George's appearance in the apprentice race at Wolverhampton on Monday probably won't draw much attention but the path the eight-year old mare has taken to get there is far from normal.
Bred by her owner John Ford, Amelia joined us originally in 2013 as a weak and immature three-year old. She took a while to get the hang of things and eventually ran the following winter where she twice finished down the field in maiden races. She was a lovely-natured horse but sadly couldn't run very fast so John retired her and we found her a place at the British Racing School as one of the horses the trainee jockeys learn to ride on. She was happy in that job for three years before getting a bit too strong and the School got in touch with us to say that none of the students could hold her on the canter anymore.
Before finding another home for her, John decided he would try Amelia back in training as she had clearly strengthened up since last running over four years ago. The orders from him were always "Tell me if she's useless" but with every step up in her training since joining us, she has done things very satisfactorily. We are not expecting her to have suddenly turned into a champion but she seems to be a lot better horse than she was so hopefully she can show some ability on the track - we shall find out on Monday!
We have plenty of other entries for the week with Limerick Lord at Brighton on Tuesday.
He has been a model of consistency this year with three wins already to his name but still has never got his head in front on grass. He has gone very close in the past, including at this track, and I think it is only a matter of time before he does end his jinx.
A meeting at Yarmouth never goes by without us having a runner and Terri Rules is entered there on Thursday. She ran well at the track last week when finishing third on a day it suited front-runners so her effort can be upgraded. We'll see how fresh she is before declaring but she would be well in at the weights if taking her chance.
Also entered there is Tallulah's Quest but I doubt she will run with the ground being very firm at present.
Up at Haydock the same day we have Robin Weathers making his debut for us. The owners sent him to us as he was getting very wound-up when trained over the other side of the Heath and they thought our quieter gallops would suit him. I just want to give him a nice experience this time to help him settle and hopefully he can build upon that.
We will have three entries on Saturday too starting with Lulu Star and Casey Banter at Chelmsford. Both fillies have shown form in the past but haven't quite matched that recently. The firm ground that is around might have been against them though and the step up in trip should be more ideal for Casey.
The same day at Leicester, we will have Sir Fred entered. He ran a blinder when third last time and he seems to be improving with every run. Firm ground on turf is a bit of an unknown but we won't know if he handles it until we run on it.
As part of Racing Stable Staff Week which kicks off today, we will be hosting a yard barbecue for staff and owners on Sunday 8th July at 5.30pm. It is open to all and hopefully it will be a great chance for everyone to get together and meet each other in a more relaxed setting. If you have any questions, get in touch.
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Tony Peacock 71
Simon Kirk 71
Mark Arlidge 68
Paula Smith 68
Rita Aspland 67
Tony McGovern 65
Robert Wright 63
Rod Gleed 62
Sam Feilden 61