We had plenty of entries at the start of last week and, although the weather put paid to some of them, it turned out to be a hectic few days with plenty of representatives on the track.
When you have lots of runners, of course you want a winner and luckily the pressure was off straight away as our first hope Silver Alliance backed up his narrow win at Newbury last month with a much easier one at Pontefract on Wednesday. Fitting blinkers have really perked the old boy up and he seems to have got his enthusiasm right back. He'll go up again in the weights for this success but hopefully there's another good day in him again soon.
The N.E.T. Racing Club is a great value way to get into horseracing ownership as for just £200 per year you can become a member and live life just like an owner! Free raceday admission tickets, racecourse hospitality, email updates, yard visits and invites to great days out are all open to our Club members and the four horses in the Club certainly do their members proud.
The latest addition to the Club's roster is a strapping two-year old son of Pivotal (sire of Kyllachy & Farrh) out of Kite Mark which makes him a half-brother to St Leger Stakes runner-up Kite Wood and the group-placed Odeon.
He is an absolute giant of a horse but has plenty of bone and muscle to support it which bodes well for the near-future. As he is unraced, he is unnamed too and this is your chance to give him a name! We are taking suggestions on our OWNERSHIP page where you can enter this competition. You can use his breeding, his looks or anything else that takes your fancy to give him a name which he will carry for the rest of his racing career. The four best entries will be put to a vote to make the final decision. Entries close 31/08/16.
Looking towards this coming week, it looks likely to be a much quieter one with just a few runners.
We have nothing entered until Thursday where Little Orchid may be our sole representative at Beverley. She is finding her level now and has put two good runs together. Firmer ground than at Brighton last week will be better for her and she is likely to be thereabouts at the finish once again.
That same day we have a trio entered at Yarmouth but Duke Of Diamonds will only go if there's significant rain - the forecast doesn't look hopeful though.
Also at Yarmouth are Veeraya and Serendib's Glory. Both have been disappointing recently and are more than capable of winning off their current marks. Veeraya needs everything to fall right for him to win but he seems happy at home and is well-handicapped.
We still haven't worked out how to get the best out of Serendib's Glory and again we will be trying something different to try and find the key to her.
On Friday I've given Secret Balllerina an entry up at Catterick as there weren't many others entered so it may be a winnable race. She struggled in a maiden last time but handicaps will see her in a better light and she looks the type to win in her two-year old year as most of her family have done.
The annual yard golf day is next Thursday 18th August and we will be confirming numbers later this week but it is not too late to get involved with the great group of people already playing. Everyone of all abilities is welcome to join us at Newmarket Links Golf Club at 1pm with a barbecue back at the yard afterwards - email firstname.lastname@example.org to join in.
Another great event will be Chris Shirran's annual N.E.T Racing Club quiz which will take place at Yarmouth racecourse on Sunday 28th August where the Club will also hopefully have a runner. There will be prizes down to fifth place and a trophy to the winner.
Last year's quiz was tremendous fun at Chelmsford races and was won by Ashley Matthews.
It's free to take part and is open to all so don't miss it!
THREE TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Ross Birkett 62
Liam Doran 60
Gary Wardle 60
Annette Hall 57
Jean Allen 57
Maureen Case 56
Anthea Telford 56
Jonathan Kinge 54
Barbara Walton 53
Jason Coote 52