If there was such a thing as karma, after a horrendous week last week, we were due a good day and thankfully that happened as Majestic Moon finally got his head back in front.
When we bought him in October 2016, he was rated far too high and it took a while for him to drop to a level where he could be competitive again. That didn't automatically mean he would win straight away though as he is a front-runner and is usually there to be shot at, as proved when finishing second at Goodwood and Lingfield in the summer.
However, a switch to hold-up tactics at Southwell this winter has seen him hit a rich vein of form and he neatly followed his recent form which was: fourth, third, second and now a first.
It was due reward for his syndicate of owners who have always just enjoyed a day out whether they win or lose. As he is quite highly rated, there aren't too many races left for him at Southwell except on Thursday if he runs under a penalty. We will see how fresh he is and how much the handicapper raises him in the weights before making a decision. Otherwise we will give him a short break to freshen up for the turf season.
There was another reason to smile at Kempton on Saturday night after Oud Metha Bridge ran a great race when second on his first start for us.
We bought him from Ed Dunlop's stable in October and had given him time to settle in and get used to how we do things. As you will have seen in photos on this blog, he had been galloping with Majestic Moon at home so the form was obviously reliable and it was just a case of whether he could do it on the track.
From watching his previous races, we thought he didn't like being crowded by the other horses so a wide draw wasn't a worry and the race panned out as we had hoped. Just as he came with a run two furlongs from home, he got a little bump and lost a length which probably cost him the race as he was only beaten half that amount. However, it was a very eye-catching run and it looks like he will progress from this. Hopefully he can win on the all-weather and he will be given an entry this week into the Lincoln Handicap which is the big curtain raiser for the turf season in March. It's a dream at the minute but you've got to be in it to win it!
There is now just 15% left available to buy in his syndicate so if you would like to be a part of things, check out the information on our OWNERSHIP page.
Hopefully the good results can spill into this week too as we have a few entries.
On Wednesday, Oceanus goes back to flat racing at Chelmsford. He ran well over hurdles last time at Fakenham but the ground has been too soft for him to give it another go. He has been in lively form at home so there's no point keeping him locked up without running. Although his all-weather form isn't anything special, he has a good draw and should be in with a shout.
As already mentioned, Majestic Moon might be out again at Southwell on Thursday and going with him could be Go On Gal.
She was a winner at the track in the summer and came on for her comeback run when fourth there last time. She had to make the running that day as there was no pace and she didn't seem to have a problem with it so she is quite versatile in that respect. She is still higher in the weights than when she won but she should give a good account as always.
Rounding off the week will be Pitch High at Kempton on Saturday. He didn't handle the hill at Lingfield at all last time so the return to a more conventional track will be in his favour, as will the drop in class. He proved when winning at Newcastle last month that he has the ability, it is just a case of things going right for him on the day as he needs to make the running ideally too.