The weather has certainly turned summery and there's nothing better in the sunshine than Great Yarmouth races so I'm delighted that the course returns to action on Tuesday with four runners for us there. Our owners all love a trip to the seaside and the track looks after them very well too with hospitality and badge allocation. It also means double points for all the entrants in the 'Four To Follow' competition so there is plenty to keep everyone interested!
Spanish Mane will kick things off for us there as she returns from a winter break in the one mile handicap and I hope she can make a bright start. We bought her in October and gave her one quick run but it was clear that she didn't like the all-weather so we have kept her for a turf campaign and she has done really well for the break. It's going to be pretty fast ground there on Tuesday but she won on good to firm last year so hopefully it shouldn't be a problem for her.
Then in the one mile novice race we have two entrants in Raha and I'm Brian. As usual for the track, all the big boys are running their blue bloods there so winning won't be easy but both horses need some experience and this will be a nice day out for them.
Completing the four raiders is Terri Rules. Leaving a blindfold on her in the stalls got her to jump faster out of them last time and the drop back to five furlongs is ideal. She looks well-handicapped now so fingers crossed she has a big chance at a track she loves.
As if Tuesday isn't busy enough, we also have one runner each at Lingfield and Wolverhampton.
Highway Robbery heads to the former course and I think he has a great chance after a promising reappearance last time. The step up in trip is what he needs and he gets in this race off bottom weight so doesn't have many excuses.
Sea Shack is our Wolverhampton representative and as per usual he should be in the mix. He deserves a win after a really consistent winter and he has a decent draw to get his usual handy position.
We'll have plenty of time to recover as we're not out again until Sunday when we take two to Wetherby.
War Empress was green on her debut last month but ran well enough in a race that has produced loads of winners already, including some Epsom Derby contenders. She seems to have come on for the run so hopefully the ground isn't too firm and she can take her chance.
New Expo will be the other entry there and it'll be his first run for us since we bought him just before Christmas. He was highly-strung when he came but we have given him a break to chill out and seems to have settled into our routine well. We still need to learn a lot about him but I think 1m6f is a trip he will want and he seems to do his gallops easy enough so I'm looking forward to seeing what he's got.
Our three runners last week all acquitted themselves well with Majestic Moon picking up yet more prize money at Southwell with another second place whilst Telekinetic ran her best race to date when finishing third at Nottingham on Saturday evening.
Although she was last of five at Kempton that same day, Ride and Prejudice ran a great race on her debut and was only beaten four lengths by the winner. She was our first two-year old runner of the year and sets a nice standard for the others to aim at.
Four to Follow top 20
Ian Jennings 16
Stan Thompson 16
Gemma Whiffen 16
Colin Muirhead 15
Margaret Mallett 15
Paul Matthews 14
Allan Forster 13
Sue Morris 13
Stephen Broadley 12
Michael Buckley 12
Philip Root 12
Angela Durrant 11
Tony Pitchford 11
John Ford 11
Ken Campbell 11
Sarah Macdonald 11
Bill Aspland 8
Pat Rule 8
Ann Buy 8
Jeremy White 8
Michaela Carter 8
Colin Thomas 8
Jane Davies 8