After a quiet week just gone, we're thankfully back in action on the racetrack this coming week, starting off on Tuesday at Southwell.
Limerick Lord seems to love the place and he bounced back to form there last time with a game second place behind an improving rival. He was only raised a pound for that effort by the handicapper so he still looks well treated on his old form. He needs things to go his way if he is to win but he should be thereabouts at the finish.
Accompanying him to Southwell will be Valley Lodge. He flopped last time on soft ground which he had run well on before. Our thought with him is that he doesn't like to be crowded so we'll will try to keep him out of trouble and see if that results in a better effort.
Critical Thinking is a new horse to the N.E.T. Racing Club and he is just a couple of weeks away from making his debut. He has done all his homework very nicely and should give Club members plenty of fun on the all-weather this winter.
Our other runner of the week will be Candesta at Chelmsford on Thursday. He has come back from his summer break in top order, winning two of his last four races. Nothing went his way last time so you can forget that effort and I wouldn't be surprised if he was back in the placings again at a track he has run well at before.
I hope our star this winter and through 2017 will be recent purchase Majestic Moon. Rated 100 on the all-weather, he has some top-class form to his name and should be ready for action at the end of the month. He can run for some valuable prizes and it'll be a big boost to the yard if he can win one of them.
Veeraya got his head in front at Kempton last time and he seems a lot happier for it. Horses that haven't won in a while tend to get a bit down but when they finally win again, the bounce in their step comes back as they think they are top dog again. Veeraya is just like this and he has been strutting on the gallops very happy with himself since then.
THREE TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD (ends December 1st)
Ross Birkett 72
Jean Allen 71
Annette Hall 68
Jonathan Kinge 68
Michael Buckley 68
Liam Doran 65
Gary Wardle 65
Barbara Walton 58
Maureen Case 57
Anthea Telford 57