I was hopeful we would get off the mark for the year with our runners last week but, as is normally the case, not everything went to plan and we were left wondering what could have been.
That's not to say it was a disappointing week at all. Gas Monkey ran a blinder to finish second at Kempton on Wednesday and he continues to be a fast-improving horse. He had to drop in from his wide draw and didn't get the clearest of runs through in the straight so the half a length he was beaten looked a bit unlucky. He has come out of it well though and should be back for some compensation in a couple of weeks time. I imagine he'll be the star horse for the N.E.T. Racing Club this year and he should give members some great days out. We've had plenty of new members join recently and you can find out more about the Club on our OWNERSHIP page.
Earlier in the week Sea Shack ran his best race yet for us when 4th at Wolverhampton. He did well to get to the front from his wide draw but that probably cost him in the end as he ran out of petrol but I feel we are getting to the bottom of the horse now and hopefully he can continue to improve.
This week will likely see us with a trio of runners but hopefully they all have a chance.
Maazel is entered at Lingfield and Kempton on Wednesday and I'm favouring the former at the moment but I'll watch the declarations and pick whichever race looks the easier opportunity. He has been incredibly unlucky not to win recently but he does need everything to go his way as he is a hold-up horse who needs a strong early pace. He is taking his racing well and ought to be in with a shout.
On Thursday we have two entries at Southwell.
Majestic Moon has been very consistent at this track in recent winters but he didn't look the same horse at Wolverhampton last time. Maybe the deep surface at Southwell is more to his liking and I hope that he can bounce back from that effort as he is very well handicapped nowadays.
Likewise Oceanus is coming down to a rating he should win off and, although he is best on soft turf, he has some OK course form to his name so should be in the thick of things.