The flat season might be coming to a close but the home of flat racing will be busier than ever this week as the sales season comes to Newmarket.
The first week is always started with the premier yearlings in Book 1 at Tattersalls and here you will see horses sell for eye-watering sums of money - some even in the millions of pounds whilst on the racecourse, the 'Future Champions Day' takes place next weekend and the best two-year olds around will be fighting it out for top honours. It is reassuring to see that not all the expensive yearlings make the best racehorses so there is hope for everyone, whatever your budget!
The following week is likely to see us trying to buy some youngsters as books 2 and 3 of the yearlings aren't by the Galileos and Dubawis of this world but there are certainly winners to be found there.
I can't see it being anything other than soft ground at Newmarket next week as we've been washed out over the weekend and the forecast looks unsettled too.
The rain might affect our running plans as we have a couple of entries on the turf.
Wilson is in at Brighton on Tuesday where it is currently good to soft and I'm looking forward to running him again on this kind of surface as I think he hasn't been too happy on firm ground over the summer. He likes the track and is on a fair rating so hopefully he can get involved after stumbling at the start last time.
Also on Tuesday we have Inceyquincyspider making his debut for us after we bought him to provide some fun for a syndicate of owners over the winter. It is his first run on the flat but he had a run over hurdles for his previous connections a few months ago and was running well before his stamina ran out. He drops back to 1m2f here and he should handle soft ground, I just hope Leicester doesn't get too much more rain as it is already heavy ground and can get flooded there.
Our Wednesday runner has no ground worries as she is at Kempton on the all weather. War Empress ran two promising races in the spring before having a little issue with her knee and needing a short break. It has worked out well really as the ground would have been too firm for her over the summer anyway and she is still a fresh horse now. Obviously it is never easy in a maiden but she has shown good form already and it would be nice if she could build on that and show some promise for the future.
There has been a bit of chopping and changing with the horses in the N.E.T. Racing Club recently as we try to keep the roster full of horses who can give you all plenty of fun. An email update was sent out this week but if you missed it, you can READ IT HERE.
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