We gave it a good go with the runners last week and although there were no winners to come home with, most of the team ran above market expectations and gave us plenty to take out of the performances.
Spirit Of Sarwan is making a habit of losing ground at the start and he did the same again at Brighton on Wednesday. His chance of winning looked a lost cause a furlong from home when he had nearly 10 lengths to make up on the leaders but he stormed up the hill to finish a narrow second.
Also putting in top efforts to fill the places were Go On Gal and Oceanus.
Go On Gal rarely lets people down and she ran her heart out to grab some more prize money at Brighton whilst Oceanus put in an eye-catching performance on his debut for us at Yarmouth. After travelling powerfully through the race, he quickened to the front three furlongs from home before getting tired towards the line. He should give owner Dick Creese a lot of fun this year.
For the week ahead we will have a handful of runners, starting on Monday with Dakota City at Chelmsford.
He has been running well enough without troubling the judge all winter and things do need to go right for him to eventually win. One of those things is a strong pace but with just four runners lining up tomorrow he might not get that. He is guaranteed prize money though so anything more would be a bonus.
Also on Monday we have Best Example at Windsor. He showed some good form for Godolphin but has been a bit high in the handicap since joining us. He had gone a bit sour over the winter so we have given him a break and he seems a lot happier since returning. It remains to be seen whether he needs to drop a bit more in the weights to win again but he is fit and well so will be going there with every chance.
Then on Tuesday we will have our first two-year old runner of the year in Terri Rules at Leicester. We bought her from the breeze up sales last month and she has been very straightforward to deal with ever since. One thing she does do is eat and that means it has been hard to get the weight of her so I expect that she will need the run. She is bred to be sharp and looks like and early started so hopefully she can do well this year.
Rounding off the week will be Veeraya at Lingfield on Monday. He finds winning hard but goes well fresh so the recent break he has had shouldn't be a negative. He likes a good pace and should get one here so who knows what he can do.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Julia Feilden 26
Ken Campbell 24
Ros Taylor 24
Sam Feilden 24
Ged Turley 24
George Evans 23
Tina Skinner 23
John Birkett 23
Tessa Stone 23
Annette Hall 22
John Chalklin 22
Chloe Peacock 22
Brain Pyrke 22
Phil Gunning 22