It looks as though the month or so of good weather we had was all the summer we're going to get as the last couple of weeks have seen on and off showers across the country making the ground pretty testing in most places.
Unless we know that the horse definitely does not like soft ground, many of the owners are very sporting and will take their chance on it. Sometimes the horse doesn't handle the going so you know that for the future but on other occasions they surprise you by thriving on it, as Our Cilla did at Lingfield when winning last weekend.
What the weather does will probably affect our chances this coming week but it won't be a problem for the first runner on Monday as Terri Rules runs on the all weather at Wolverhampton.
She improved on her maiden form when finishing second in a nursery last time and the winner is thought good enough to run in a group race at Goodwood next week so hopefully she can improve past the 5lb she went up in the handicap. She is an out and out sprinter so the track and trip should be ideal.
We always like a trip to the seaside and we will be mob handed there on Tuesday with horses and owners.
Over 20 owners will be enjoying a day out and it is great to see so much support for the yard's runners.
We will be double-handed in our first race with both Gas Monkey and Casey Banter running in the two-year old maiden. Casey made a nice debut when third at Leicester and the step up to seven furlongs looks like what she needs whilst Monkey has settled down a lot mentally since his first run at Chester. I imagine the favourite will be hard to beat but hopefully neither horse will disgrace themselves.
We have figured out that Best Example likes being ridden very patiently and those tactics could be ideal in what should be a strongly-run 2.15pm at Yarmouth. All his recent form has been on firm ground so the less rain the better but he has been galloping well in softer conditions so maybe he can handle that too.
Following him will be Appease who will be having his first run for us since coming over from Ireland. He is a big and stuffy horse who will take a run or two to get fully fit but he certainly works better at home than his current low rating.
Soft ground shouldn't be a problem for Pitch High who is entered at Leicester on Wednesday. He ran his best race on debut in similar conditions and, although he hasn't matched that since, his last run was definitely a step in the right direction.
Accompanying him will be Mungo Madness. He too hasn't matched his two-year old form this season but softer ground should help him out and he would have a place chance down to selling company.
Our Cilla gave us all a nice surprise last weekend when scoring at 20/1 at Lingfield and she will head to Nottingham on Thursday to try and back that effort up. The handicapper took no prisoners by raising her a whopping 15lb in the weights but she was very lowly rated to start with so can hopefully take it. Milly Naseb will once again be riding and her 7lb claim is very useful.
Rounding off the week's runners on Friday evening will be My Name Is Jeff at Newmarket. He has needed the education in his first two races and I think he will find life easier when running in a handicap next time.
Due to popular demand, the Julia Feilden Racing golf day has been put back a month to Friday September 22nd to suit most people's calendars. Like before, we will tee off at 12 noon from Newmarket Links Golf Club with a green fee of £32pp payable on the day. Anyone of any ability is welcome and will be heading back to the yard for a barbecue afterwards. Please let us know if you wish to attend.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Ken Campbell 61
Ros Taylor 61
John Chalklin 60
George Evans 59
Clare Peacock 55
Kevin Case 50
Trevor Mather 49
J Rogers 47
Julia Feilden 44
Eileen Turner 44
Colleen Pyrke 44