Starting on Monday, Attain goes down to Brighton and I hope he can finally get the soft ground he loves. All his career the ground has never been as deep as he would like it but, with lots of rain forecast, this could finally be the time he does. I do hope so because at home he gallops like a much better horse on it.
Before that, we have a more experienced runner in Dark Diamond heading to Wolverhampton the day before. He has been getting better and better with every run for us and put in a good effort last time to finish second at Pontefract. He is bucking and squealing at home and seems as fresh as paint so he is more than ready for another run and he should hopefully pick up some more prize money. Also entered at Dunstall Park is Limerick Lord. He was a bit below par last time but it may have just been that he didn't face running in a pair of blinkers. I will take them off this time and he should get back to the level of form he was at just before then.
|Moment To Dream (Adam) & Dark Diamond (Nick)|
I had an unforgettable day on this coming Sunday two years ago when I trained an across-the-card double in the space of ten minutes when Honeymoon Express and Automotive won at Yarmouth and Goodwood respectively. They say lightening doesn't strike twice but you don't know if you don't try and both horses will be bidding to repeat the feat this Sunday. Honeymoon is coming back after a chest infection and she now seems to have recovered from it fine. Her rating has come right down now and she must start to become competitive on her old form. Likewise, Automotive has been given a chance by the handicapper and his last two runs have suggested he is coming to the boil nicely. It's hard enough to have one winner, never mind two but a girl can dream!
|Honeymoon Express (Luke) & Vastly (Tess)|
Dissertation is a huge filly who came from Juddmonte in France and, after getting her back and teeth sorted out, she is now going nicely. She still needs one more run to get a handicap mark but I'm looking forward to seeing what she can do.
|Dissertation - front (Ross)|
|Star of the Stage (Mark)|
THREE TO FOLLOW UPDATE
There's no change at the top of the leaderboard but Automotive's third place on Sunday means that everyone bar one person is off the mark. (I couldn't possibly bare to embarrass that one person but I'm sure it won't be long before you score, Kevin).