It's hard to believe that for a long time Limerick Lord found winning very difficult and went almost two years without getting his head in front as he has now become a winning machine after notching his 5th success since the start of last year. He has become really versatile with regards to the course he runs at but his front-running tactics never change and once again he galloped his rivals into the ground at Southwell on Saturday night. He is giving his proud owner enormous amounts of fun and it is richly deserved - Steve stuck by his horse through the lean times and is now enjoying the rewards.
The horses were all in great form last week with five of our seven runners finishing in the first three places. Majestic Moon, Casey Banter and Sea Shack all put in good efforts to fill the frame whilst Gas Monkey was only narrowly denied at Chelmsford.
Hopefully the good form can roll into this week as we have plenty to run, including some who are coming back from their winter holidays.
Both Majestic Moon and Limerick Lord could make quick reappearances at Southwell on Wednesday if I think they are fresh enough to run again. They both like the track and are clearly in good heart so I don't see why they shouldn't be involved at the finish once again.
I also had Sea Shack entered again but he has been a bit stiff since his last run so we will probably give Chelmsford on Thursday a miss but Lulu Star will still head there. She looked very lacklustre last time and the jockey said to try some cheekpieces on her to help her focus. Her homework since then has been very good so the engine is still there, we just need her to use it again.
The turf season officially got underway at Doncaster on Saturday and we'll be racing on the green stuff at Leicester on Friday with Oud Metha Bridge and Oceanus entered in the same race but unfortunately it looks like Oceanus won't get a run with lots of horses entered. Oud Metha will though and he is in great order after a holiday. He isn't as good on turf as the all-weather but he is rated lower on grass so hopefully he can make the most of it as he is fit enough to run well.
Then rounding off the week on Saturday will be Highway Robbery and Terri Rules at Wolverhampton. Robbie is coming back after a holiday and will come on for the run whilst Terri is fit after her comeback last month and should be capable of winning a race like this as long as she doesn't blow the start like she sometimes does.
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