We love to support our favourite local track Yarmouth and we'll be hitting the place hard this week as the seaside venue hosts two days of racing.
On Wednesday we have a trio of entries, headlined by Majestic Moon. He is also entered at Goodwood on Friday and would head to wherever has the softer ground but neither place is due much rain so Yarmouth would be more likely. He always runs well at the track but doesn't quite perform to his absolute best on really firm ground so hopefully it isn't too bad.
Tallulah's Quest is entered on Wednesday and Thursday with the preference being the former but she is unlikely to get in that race. She has tonnes of ability but hasn't seen out her races and we discovered after last time that is down to a problem with her lungs. We have her on some race-legal medication now and she is getting turned out regularly in the paddocks for the fresh air so if both of those things work, she is a very well-handicapped horse.
Completing the trio on day one is Go On Gal. She ran OK at Newcastle last week when not quite staying the 1m4f on an uphill finish so the flatter track at Yarmouth will be ideal. We'll see how she recovers from that run before deciding whether to take our chance but she will give her usual consistent effort if taking her chance.
Thursday looks to be even busier with six entries.
Casey Banter was a bit ring-rusty last time after having the winter off and she looks a lot sharper now with that run under her belt so hopefully she can show some better form this time.
Lulu Star and Gas Monkey will probably have to run against each other and the ground would probably be more in Lulu's favour. She has pulled a muscle since running last time so had some time off and physio work on her but seems to be healthy now. She will win a little race this year.
Gas Monkey has already got his head in front this year and that's the only time we've seen him as he started coughing afterwards so had to have an easy time. I've been waiting for soft ground for him but that has never come so I'll run him anyway. He will handle firm ground but won't be at his best on it but that might still mean he runs well as he is a fast-improving horse.
Pitch High is also at Yarmouth and he too prefers softer conditions but the straight seven furlongs is ideal for him so he should give a good account.
As if that wasn't enough, we'll be at Newbury that day as well with Oceanus. He runs in a race we have won five times before so it is a lucky one for us and he found things a bit too sharp at Goodwood last time. Stepping up in trip on a more conventional track should see him fare much better.
Rounding off the week may be Our Cilla at Doncaster on Sunday. She has been kept low by the firm ground so we are hoping Yorkshire gets some rain but it doesn't look likely.
Although there were no winners last week, things didn't go too badly with some good runs from the team.
Oud Metha Bridge remains the stable star and ran a blinder to finish 3rd in a class 3 race at Newcastle. Since buying him for 10,000gns in October, he hasn't been out of the first three in six runs for us and is giving his syndicate of owners lots of fun.
Another third place came from Terri Rules and Limerick Lord who have both won already this year and should be doing so again very soon judged on these efforts.
Highway Robbery was our first two-year old runner of the year at Leicester on Monday and he showed some promise despite being very green early in the race. He eventually got the hang of things and was running on toward the finish so should be a bit more streetwise next time.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Paula Smith 49
Rita Aspland 46
Rod Gleed 45
Tony McGovern 44
Robert Wright 44
Tony Peacock 44
Sam Feilden 44
Simon Kirk 44
Mark Arlidge 39
Geoff Walton 38