The seasons have most definitely turned and gone are the warm sunny days of an Indian summer and autumn seems to have moved in instead.
The rain forced us to cancel the plan of having three runners at Brighton last Tuesday as none of the trio would have enjoyed the really soft ground. Luckily we don't have any runners today as they would also be in doubt with Salisbury already abandoned and Windsor inspecting.
However, the runners we have this week shouldn't be too affected by conditions.
Mercy Me is a big and backward two-year old who has taken time to fill her frame but she has been giving us clues over the last month or so that she is ready for the track and goes to Nottingham on Wednesday. The plan is to give her this run and then give her a winter break so she can continue growing and it will be good for her to have the experience and she will improve dramatically for it.
One horse who certainly doesn't mind soft ground is The Ducking Stool and she'll be making the journey up north to Redcar on Thursday. The track has a similar layout to her preferred Yarmouth so there shouldn't be a problem there. Her coat has turned rather woolly but her work at home is still great so I expect another good show.
Also that day could be Sadiigah at Wolverhampton. She ran a great race after over a year off last time and she has come on for the run. She looks handicapped to win and I think she'll go close with a bit of luck.
Then on Saturday we are back to Wolves with a trio of raiders.
Honeymoon Express hasn't had things go her way on turf this summer but I think she should be equally capable on the all-weather. She needs to get out quickly and make the running so if that happens, she could bounce back to form.
Candesta is another who needs to come back to form but he has been galloping well and all his best form is on the all-weather. He is pretty one-paced but if he can get into a nice rhythm, he might be hard to catch.
Probably the best chance is Avidly. She caught the eye when running on at Lingfield last time and hold-up tactics seems to see her to best effect so they will be employed again. She is definitely well handicapped now and a win won't be far away.