As exciting as it is to have up and coming youngsters in the yard, you have to have some reliable older horses to keep the winners flowing and one old boy who never lets you down is Silver Alliance who recorded his ninth career victory at Newbury on Thursday.
As some of you may have seen during the week, Ross could barely walk with a bad back but he was determined to be fit enough to ride Silver as he reckoned he had a good chance and luckily Silver didn't need much pushing!
Fitting blinkers have really sparked his enthusiasm recently and I couldn't be happier to give his great syndicate of owners another memorable day.
That makes it 15 wins for the year so far and it also means we are still very much on our target of two winners a month which would make it our most successful year ever.
However, there's no resting on our laurels and we will be kicking on to try and add another this week.
Starting tomorrow, Little Orchid heads up to Wolverhampton. She is dropping into a claimer and has a very low weight so I think she has every chance to run well. She has had a bit of time off but she isn't hard to get fit and her homework has been very pleasing too. Hopefully she can reward owner Dick Creese who also bred her too.
The following day Attain goes further north to Beverley in a race which he has run well in previously. It is a pro/am lady riders race so you would think that we have a huge advantage with Shelley riding for us against amateur jockeys. Attain is very versatile and tough so any ground conditions come alike to him and he just needs a bit of luck to get his head in front. He is rated a lot lower on the grass than the all-weather so hopefully he can take advantage.
Wednesday will be a busy one with three runners at two different meetings.
I have always liked Pitch High since buying him at the Breeze-Up sales in May and I can't wait to see what he can do on the track at Sandown. He is definitely one of our better juveniles this year and has done plenty of homework. He will improve for the run but it'd be great to see him show some promise on debut.
Over at Yarmouth, Dakota City will be bidding to build on his great run last time. He finished fourth and I think a stronger pace would have seen him finish a lot closer so here's hoping we get just that this time. He has really come to himself now after looking rather awkward earlier in his career and he is definitely a lot happier.
Also beside the seaside will be Go On Gal. She has been remarkably consistent this year, running three times and finishing 2nd, 3rd & 2nd. She has been unlucky not to win and then had a cough over June. She has fully recovered now but I think she might just need the run as the time off saw her put on a bit of weight.
We get a chance to catch our breaths before hitting the road again to Lingfield on Saturday.
Veeraya doesn't take his races very quickly so you have to give him lots of time in between to recover. He has had just that and will go to the races a fit and fresh horse. He struggles to win but sooner or later things might go his way and I hope it is sooner rather than later!
Similar comments apply to Limerick Lord who did get his head in front in December. He ran well last time when just running out of puff and could go well if lasting home.
THREE TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Jonathan Kinge 52
Annette Hall 46
Jean Allen 40
David Haddrell 39
Barbara Walton 37
Jason Coote 36
Ross Birkett 36
Maureen Case 35
Anthea Telford 35
Liam Doran 34
Gary Wardle 34