Firstly, it's on to the most important matter - the horses.
It wasn't a bad week runners-wise with a few horses putting in good efforts and finishing in the money. It was encouraging to see both Candesta and Avidly running well as they have both had problems and hopefully we are getting on top of them and a win isn't too far away.
Meddling ran a bit below par when favourite at Lingfield on Friday for no apparent reason. She didn't travel with her usual zest and it may have just been that she got in behind a few horses and sulked a bit. She is better than this effort and I hope she can get back to form next time.
Looking on to this week, we are straight into action at Wolverhampton tomorrow. Tight Lipped has put in some good runs for us over the winter but just found one mile way too short for him last time. He's back up in trip and had a little pop over some hurdles at the weekend to freshen him up. He has run over hurdles once before for previous connections but he seemed to have forgotten that and put in some hairy jumps!
|Tight Lipped (Ross) goes jumping|
|Silver Alliance (Adam) shows him how it's done|
The turf season kicks off at the weekend with the Lincoln meeting at Doncaster and we will be represented on Sunday with Guising. He was bought last autumn and given a winter holiday after not showing much form for his previous trainer. He is fresh and well now and has done plenty of work so should be fit enough. I don't really know what his level is at the moment so it will be a bit of a fact-finding mission with him.
|Guising (Ross), Dakota City (Mark) & Attain (Adam)|
Attain has come out of his win last time in good order and seems very pleased with himself. He acts well on the all-weather so I will try to find a similar race for him.
Our two-year olds have been a pleasure to train this year without any major problems. A couple of them have a bit of a cough at the moment so that has set them back a week or two but other than that they are going well.
Go On Gal seems to be the most forward of the lot and, all being well, could make her debut as early as this Saturday at Kempton. It is usually a very good race, as shown by last year's winner of it - Tiggy Wiggy - but our filly looks ready for a run and the experience will do her plenty of good and should give her a head-start on her rivals in the coming months.
|Go On Gal (Mark)|
|The Ducking Stool (Tina)|
|Bushy Glade (Megan)|
|Harry Bosch (Ryan)|
|Bavarica's Cityscape colt|
|One month old but already a handful!|
THREE TO FOLLOW COMPETITION
Due to popular demand, the Three To Follow is back!
The format is simple: pick three horses from our yard to score you points throughout the season - 5 points for a win, 3 for a second and 1 for a third.
The only rule is that you pick ONE horse from Pool A (two-year olds and three-year olds) and TWO horses from Pool B (older horses). When you've made your mind up, email your choices to firstname.lastname@example.org
The competiton runs from 28th April - 7th November so don't delay - get your entries in and you could win the £100 first prize!
POOL A (Two and three-year olds) PICK ONE
Moment To Dream
Duke Of Diamonds
Unnamed (Archipenko colt)
It's A Sheila Thing
Go On Gal
POOL B (Older horses) PICK TWO
The Ducking Stool