After a barren month or so, it looks as though the tide may be turning and hopefully our luck with it as the horses have started to show signs of coming back into form.
There has been nothing visibly wrong with the yard and all vet checks have come back clear so we just have to put some disappointing runs down to a bad day at the office. Also, after a near-record 21 winners last year, the horses were all a bit high in the weights and are starting to return to a rating they can win off again.
Silver Alliance is definitely one who fits that bill and he looked like the most unlucky loser of the week when getting boxed in at Brighton on Tuesday. That is the way he has to be ridden though so sometimes things won't go his way.
Two other good runs came from Best Example and Casey Banter who both collected some prize money at Doncaster and Leicester respectively. The latter ran a fine race on debut and, after a slow start, she ran on well to finish an eye-catching third. She is part of the N.E.T. Racing Club and should provide members with a lot of fun this year for just £200 per annum. More details on the Club can be found HERE.
The July Sales at Tattersalls take place this week and, whilst it is getting harder and harder to find a bargain, I'll be up there trying to do just that. Luckily I can focus plenty of attention on the sale as we don't have too many runners over the coming days.
On Tuesday, Limerick Lord makes his comeback after a break at Brighton. He didn't do much on the all-weather this winter but is well handicapped as a result. I expect he will need the run and the mile might stretch him a bit but hopefully he can run respectably.
The following day, Terri Rules makes her handicap debut at Lingfield. There haven't been many two-year old handicaps yet so the ratings can't be relied upon at the minute. However, she runs in this race off bottom weight and hopefully there is nothing in the race that is a blot on the handicap. Five furlongs is her trip and she seems to be improving all the time at home.
Our final runner of the week is not a certain one as Majestic Moon is entered in the highly competitive Bunbury Cup at Newmarket's July meeting. He is rated too low to get in the main event but there is a consolation race on Friday that he has a small chance of getting in to. If he does, he should like the quick ground but making the running against so many others won't be easy for him.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Ken Campbell 54
Ros Taylor 54
John Chalklin 53
George Evans 52
Trevor Mather 43
Kevin Case 43
Julia Feilden 42
Eileen Turner 41
J Rogers 41
Annette Hall 40
John Tucker 40
Geoff Walton 40