With the new turf season just a week away, you would think we would be starting to see some signs that spring was on its way but sadly not as we have been hit by another cold snap with more snow and ice to contend with. It definitely isn't as bad as the one a couple of weeks ago but there have already been some jumps meetings abandoned because of it. It's mad that on Friday afternoon we were doing the yard work without coats on as the temperatures hit 12c but then the following morning the thermals were back on again as the snow came! As always, the team have gone about their work with little fuss and the horses' care is always put first.
Things are meant to warm up a bit by the middle of the week and that's when we'll be heading to the races.
On Wednesday I have three entries but it's only likely that two will run as Maazel's race looks very competitive and the six furlong distance is probably a bit short for him.
However, Go On Girl will be heading there and she will be attempting to make it back to back wins after forming the first leg of a double we had at the course earlier in the month. She went up 3lbs in the ratings for that which isn't too harsh and hopefully the win has boosted her confidence. She isn't the most prolific winner in the world but she always gives a good account of herself.
Accompanying her will be Lulu Star. She showed promise in maiden races but got rated a bit too high as a result. She will gradually fall to a competitive mark and it is a bit unknown how she will handle the Southwell fibresand surface.
Also running on Wednesday but down at Kempton will be Champagne Reef on her flat debut. She has run in two bumpers and improved a bundle to finish fifth last time but it has been apparent that she doesn't stay well enough to win one of these races so we are dropping her in trip to run on the level. 1m3f will probably be too sharp for her but there are very limited options for older maiden horses so it'll be a run under her belt and will help her qualify for a handicap rating.
Oud Metha Bridge is entered in the Lincoln at Doncaster's curtain raiser on Saturday but looks unlikely to get a run with loads of horses entered in the race. With that in mind, we have entered him at Kempton on Friday and he will go there with a great chance after winning over the course and distance last time. He has really turned a corner since joining us and I hope there is still more improvement to come from him. He went up 4lbs for winning last time but hopefully that won't stop him being in the shake-up.
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THE FOUR TO FOLLOW IS BACK!
I'm delighted to say that the ever-popular 'Four To Follow' competition is back for 2018 and it promises to be bigger and better than ever!
We are proud to welcome our favourite track Great Yarmouth Racecourse as sponsors of this year's event and the lucky winner will receive a table and dining for four people at a fixture there in 2019!
As ever, the rules are simple - pick two horses from Pool A and two from Pool B.
There are 10 points for a winner, 5 for a 2nd place, 3 for a 3rd and 1 point just for running!
To celebrate our partnership with Great Yarmouth Racecourse, this year we are awarding DOUBLE POINTS to all of our Yarmouth runners.
Get your noses in the form book and send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org