Straight to it
We will be straight into action this week with a trio of runners heading to the races on Monday.
We all thought Terri Rules would run a big race last time and her 100/1 odds were proven all wrong when she finished in third. She is an out and out two-year old so we will keep her busy this year to try and get a win into her. She goes to Brighton and I think she should handle the track as she is a well-balanced filly, I just hope the downhill first half of the race means that she can see out the six furlongs which might be a bit too far for her.
Another stepping up in trip by the seaside is Pitch High. He was outpaced over seven furlongs last time so the switch to 1m2f should be ideal for him. He too is a well-balanced horse and has always shown us a good deal of ability at home so hopefully he can start producing the results on the track.
Elsewhere on Monday, Secret Strategy goes to Windsor for his handicap debut. He got off the mark at the fourth time of asking in a maiden at Brighton last time and he needs to improve for that to be competitive off his rating of 74 but the only way to find out is by running. He is probably better at five furlongs but hopefully the good to firm ground will help him last the six furlong trip this time.
Then on Tuesday we have Mungo Madness likely heading to Yarmouth. He has suffered in the ratings ever since finishing fourth in a maiden at the course last year but he is slowly coming down to a mark he can be competitive off. It's hard to know if he is there yet but he seems to be moving well at home so hopefully he can start getting competitive again.
Both of our Thursday entries will need a dry week as they'd prefer top of the ground but the forecast looks good so hopefully they'll both have their ideal conditions.
Little Orchid looked a thorough stayer when upped in trip last time and her greatest asset is her brilliant attitude. She is entered at Nottingham on Thursday and can hopefully run a big race.
So too could Best Example at Newbury that same day. He is showing signs of coming down to the right handicap mark now and his run last time was his best yet for us. This is a race we are usually lucky in having won it four times in the past so fingers crossed he can keep up the good record.
We will be back on the M25 again on Friday with Majestic Moon at Goodwood. He too is on a good handicap mark now and ran a blinder over course and distance last time. He seems best when kept busy so this can hopefully lead on to a good summer.
Rounding off a busy week will be the Bhatti family's pair of horses at Sandown on Saturday.
Spirit Of Sarwan won at the turn of the year and he is paying the price now as he is always in extremely competitive handicaps. He could step up in trip to 1m1f which may bring out a bit more in him.
My Name Is Jeff will be making his racecourse debut also that day. He is a big and strong horse who has taken time to mature but seems ready for a spin at the races now. He will obviously need the experience mentally and physically but he should win races later in the year.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Ken Campbell 39
Ros Taylor 39
Julia Feilden 39
George Evans 38
John Chalklin 37
Annette Hall 36
Eileen Turner 35
Geoff Walton 35
John Tucker 35
Brad Dines 34
Michael Buckley 32
Dick Creese 31
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