Sometimes you just can't do any wrong and thankfully this week was one of those times as we went racing three times and came back with three winners!
You do the same thing with the horses as you always do and when they are out of form they run bad but when they are flying, they run out of their skins without doing anything different. It does help that the right races seems to be around for my horses at the moment and they have made the most of things.
The good run kicked off on Tuesday at Yarmouth as Oceanus got his second win on the board for us with another gutsy display. The rain the track had the day before helped his chances as he likes to get his toe in the ground and the strong pace saw him cruise into the lead to win a bit cosily under Shelley. He has a great bunch of owners and a some of them were on course to enjoy the win.
Two days later we headed up to Southwell with a pair of runners and we were happy to settle with Go On Gal's fine second place in the first race as she netted yet more prize money. However, Limerick Lord has been surprising us all year and he did it again with his third win of 2018. He just loves Southwell at the moment and he looked the winner all the way as he ran his rivals into the ground with Shelley on board again. He is high in confidence at present and he is giving his owner Steve Clarke so much fun.
On the back of these two wins we headed up to Newcastle on Friday full of confidence and were again happy with our first runner Pitch High just running out of gas and filling the fourth spot early in the evening.
Terri Rules lined up for the last race and built on her good comeback run when cruising into the lead and drawing clear under Jimmy Quinn. She showed promise last year but was a bit weak and has developed into a real speed ball now. Chloe rides her everyday at home and does a great job as she is quite fiery on the gallops. Unfortunately owner Ray Treacy couldn't make it but Pitch High's owners were more than happy to celebrate the win with me as we were all staying up north that night. Incidentally, Zoe led up all three winners and she is becoming a real asset to the yard at the races.
Meanwhile on Friday, the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up sale was taking place and, after galloping on the racecourse the day before, over 200 two-year olds went under the hammer to find new owners. Ross was on duty to source the talent and came back with a shortlist of 20...19 of which sold for way beyond our budget! However, he seemed to pick up a real bargain with the one we could afford in lot 294 - a powerful colt by the decent sprinter Approve. He clocked a fast time for his breeze but is unfashionably bred so that put most of the big spenders off. Luckily we have never been ones to follow fashion and find all our best buys by doing this. I picked him up this morning from Tattersalls and was very impressed - he is a big and strong lad who will do good things this year but also has the size to improve with time too.
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After such a hectic week, we thankfully have time to catch our breath this coming one with just a single runner on Saturday at Nottingham.
Our Cilla did great last year with two wins on the board and she needed her run last time on the all-weather to get fully fit. Both her wins came on soft ground but I don't think she has to have that to show her best so the drying conditions aren't a worry. Nottingham suits front-running horses so her hold-up style isn't ideal but she ran well there last year so could buck the trend.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Paula Smith 37
Rod Gleed 36
Tony Peacock 36
Sam Feilden 36
Simon Kirk 36
Geoff Walton 31
Tony McGovern 30
Robert Wright 30
Rita Aspland 30
Stan Thompson 28
Mark Arlidge 27