All this means Shelley won't be able to ride Vastly in an apprentice race at Leicester on Tuesday. Vastly himself had two lumps removed last month and he seems a completely different horse since the castration. Before he was a bit lethargic at home and on the track too but since then he is a lot keener and is working well. As he's such a big horse, he will improve for the run but he is rated so low that he should be in the shake-up anyway.
As Shelley's replacement we have Pat Millman. He has followed a similar route to Shelley by riding winners as an amateur before turning professional and, as he comes from a racing family, he knows horses well so there are no worries in that respect.
It's frustrating that No Such Number hasn't got his head in front yet this season but hopefully that will change before the winter sets in. He's had excuses on almost all his runs so we're returning him to the course and distance which his only win has come over at Bath on Saturday. He is in great form so I just hope everything goes to plan.
|Never Another (Ross) & No Such Number (Reno)|
Those are the only two runners we're set to have this week as we still wait for some proper rain to arrive for the soft ground horses. One who has been thriving on the firm going though is Honeymoon Express and she is still in great order. There's another race for her back at Yarmouth in a couple of weeks so she looks set for that in a bid to win three on the bounce.
Bestfootforward hasn't run for us yet after coming from another trainer a couple of months ago but she is very near to hitting the track now. She is quite a head-strong filly but enjoys her work and should be making an impact.
|Honeymoon Express (Alfie), Bestfootforward (Graham) & Entrance (Julia)|
Don't forget that the Open Day is in a few weeks' time on Sunday 22nd September. Our yard as well as most in Newmarket will be open to the public and we'll have plenty of refreshments on offer as well as a chance for you to meet all the stars. In the afternoon there are then a series of activities (including a trainers v jockeys 5-a-side football match) at the Rowley Mile racecourse so there really is no excuse to not come. Check it all out here: http://www.newmarketopenday.co.uk/