For many, the coming of the November Handicap meeting at Doncaster is a sad time as it signals the end of the turf flat season in Britain but for us it means the action has only just got going. Along with Yarmouth, we do like going to Southwell as we seem to be particularly lucky there and have had a great couple of winters on the sand. Hopefully this year will be no different as we have a handful of horses who act particularly well there and who we have freshened up especially for a campaign there.
It all kicks off on Monday and we will be going with a couple of runners. Maazel has been very disappointing since joining us but he has dropped a long way down the weights as a result and is sure to recapture his form sooner or later. After so many defeats, he lacks confidence and only needs a good result to start feeling better again and hopefully stage a bit of a resurgence. His one try at the track was a promising one so hopefully this is the place where he can get competitive again.
Going with him will be Telekinetic. She probably didn't stay the distance in a bumper and then over 1m6f on her flat debut so the drop in trip will help her out. Handicaps might be what she needs but I think the track will be to her liking on this occasion.
No sooner has Southwell come back to life and we'll be back there again on Thursday with a trio of horses entered.
It is no secret that Limerick Lord loves the place with three wins there already this year. He put together another string of good efforts on the turf in the summer before running a bit flat so he has had some time off to freshen up for a winter campaign. It will be a busy winter for him so there will be some improvement from this run but I hope he can still return to his favourite venue with a good effort.
Hopefully the race has enough entries to divide as we also have Candesta in there. He has needed his last two runs after a break to get back fully fit so his return to Southwell is well timed as he does run best at the place. He is also back on his last winning rating so everything is in place for a good run, I just hope that his age isn't starting to catch up with him but his work at home is still good.
Another heading back to her favourite track that day will be Go On Gal. Her two career wins have come at the place and she is in as good a form as ever. The grade of race might be a bit high for her on this occasion but she is sure to pick up a race at Southwell this winter.
As well as this trio, we also have Sunset Bounty entered at Chelmsford on Thursday. With a very low rating, she has been hard to get into a race but it looks like she will on this occasion and hopefully she can start to show the same form on the track that she shows on the gallops at home.
Sunset Bounty was bred by her owners Steve and Tony and we were delighted to welcome their homebred Casamento yearling to the yard this week. He is a big lad and has taken his first few days at the yard very well and will join our other two yearlings that we currently have who are now ridden on the Heath every day.
Talking of new arrivals, I have been delighted with the uptake of shares in our three new syndicate horses with Spanish Mane proving extremely popular. Every one of the trio will give you plenty of fun at an affordable price and the syndicates that are coming together are full of great people who will enjoy some lovely days at the races together. Full details of our syndicate options for 2019 are on our OWNERSHIP page.