Our raids to Yarmouth usually come home with some gold medals but last week drew a blank as a few of the horses ran below our expectations before Oud Metha Bridge saved the day when beaten by just a head in the final race.
Boxatricks and Spanish Mane looked to have strong chances in the first race of the day but didn't fire with the filly looking like she lacked a bit of confidence after her fall the time before. Hopefully it's just a case of giving her a couple of confidence boosting runs to get her back to her former self as she looked ready to win. Exning Queen and Sir Fred both ran with credit after long lay-offs whilst Telekinetic ran flat having finished in the placing last week,
Thankfully Oud Metha Bridge could back up his win last time and looked like doing the same again before he was just chinned on the line and lost out in a photo finish. He had looked like an all-weather specialist before this season but has now got in the groove on turf and should be in for a rewarding summer as he can act on a wide range of going descriptions.
There's another meeting at Yarmouth this week but before that we will be at Chelmsford on Monday with Casey Banter. She rarely runs a bad race at the track and seems to be fresh and well at home so she should be in with a shout once again. She has a good draw and Sean Kirrane back on board claiming 7lbs off her back so fingers crossed that she can run well for the N.E.T. Racing Club.
We shouldn't be as busy at Yarmouth this week with three runners looking likely.
Both Miss Green Dream and New Expo will hopefully get a run in the 1m4f handicap and I hope they do as they are both ready for a run having missed their last engagements. Miss Green Dream looks like a good stayer at this trip and didn't get the clearest of runs through last time. She should be bang there in the finish. New Expo didn't like the soft ground he ran on at Wetherby and I think the conditions here will be more to his liking. He is a new horse to the yard so we are still learning about him but hopefully he can show us something this time.
The ground is likely to be too firm for Oceanus to run but Noble Account will take his chance in the one mile novice race and I hope he can build on a really encouraging debut last time. He is very much still a work in progress but has plenty of ability and could develop into a nice horse with time.
Friday sees us with another couple of entries including Lulu Star at Chelmsford. She was a bit outclassed in a good race at Yarmouth but drops in grade here and has Josh Bryan back on board who won on her at this track last year.
Sea Shack has an entry at Wolverhampton and it looks a tricky race plus we will have to see how he has come out of his run last week.
Rounding off the week will be an entry for Winter Snowdrop at Lingfield on Saturday. She has got a nice, low rating after her three maiden runs which gives her a chance of being competitive. She will improve with time as she gets stronger but I think she is capable of being competitive now too.
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