We've had plenty of runners over the last few days and one we were really pleased to see run well was Rickyroadboy, last season he always showed us plenty of speed so it was a surprise to us when he initially started off a bit disappointing. However the penny finally dropped at Ripon last year and he strung together plenty of good efforts, he has returned this year a much stronger and more professional horse and so we were delighted he showed some brazen speed at Pontefract last week under Harry Russell and finished second. We're hoping he will be able to progress further this year in sprints and maybe at some point find a nice prize. We also headed to Hexham on Saturday and Quest For Life tried the step up to three miles, he is from a point to point family and we were hoping it may bring about a bit more improvement. After travelling strongly throughout he may simply need to come down a few pounds in the weights, but still ran a game race to finish fourth.
Back at home we've been had a potential jockey for the future riding out with the string on her racing pony. Annie Cooke's daughter Alice has been keeping her racing pony Kerry's fitness up while Annie is on the sidelines with a broken leg. I think Alice would admit that Kerry was a touch keen on day one but she's doing great and is improving each time. Pony racing is a great initiative to get kids involved in racing and although any pony can have a go although some families take it a bit more seriously than others!
As for the remainder of the week we are at Worcester with Miss Amelia, although the horse that beat her last time is entered again, she is in great form and is much better off at the weights. Cornborough is likely to head for a spin on the flat after his excellent performance at Cheltenham, he has been a star for us and looks to have taken a liking to Cheltenham after his two runs there resulting in a fourth and second, he could head to Nottingham on Saturday. Orkan is a frustrating horse, we think has tons of potential but for whatever reason he hasn't been showing us it on the track, whilst another legend of the yard Oliver's Gold could head up to Hexham for a two mile chase, he loves jumping and the more obstacles you put in front of him the better he goes so after a string of seconds lets hope he can get his head back in front, Emma keeps hinting that he would make a cracking pointer!