We've had a good week at the Craven Meeting and I was delighted with Garswood's win in the Free Handicap. He came out of the race in great shape, he trotted up, ate up and barely blew afterwards.
He'll run in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas - everything being OK - there's nowhere else to go really and why wouldn't you have a go?
I've had some very good horses over the years, but he has something extra, a little of the x factor. He's very exciting.
We've another busy Saturday starting with two runners in the Berry Bros & Rudd Magnum Spring Cup at Newbury.
There wasn't much between Brae Hill and Justonefortheroad in the Lincoln and I wouldn't like to split them again. These are lottery races but I always find in the Spring Cup something pops up to beat the Lincoln horses. That said if my two run to the form they showed at Doncaster they have obvious chances.
We're also double handed in the James Herriot Hall - Ideal Party Venue Handicap. I think the handicapper has Mica Mika although he did run well at Musselburgh the last day. Quicker ground here may not suit ideally but he'll always run his race.
Suffice is a horse I really like. Everything went wrong at Kempton last time, he was drawn on the outside and we'll have to write that off. He's two pounds out of the handicap here and has to step forward to win but we do like him.
Bispham Green finished sixth the other day at Nottingham, beaten half a length, and not many can say they've done that. He runs in the JW 4x4 Northallerton - Lily's 8 Today Handicap at Thirsk. He's very quick, faster ground will suit him. He was knocking on the door the last day and I'm sure he'll be knocking on the door again.
The Michael Foster Memorial E.B.F. Conditions Stakes on the same card looks a trappy contest but my runner Majestic Myles ran a blinder in the Lincoln last time. He surprised us a little that day and while he has a penalty here, seven furlongs around Thirsk is where he wants to be. He's in good order and I'm sure he'll run a big race. He's probably my best chance of a winner on Saturday.
Bandolier is a homebred of Nicholas Wrigley's who makes his debut in the J C Fretwell Racing Maiden Stakes at Nottingham. He's not very big but tries very hard and knows his job. I hope he runs well for Nicholas. He's the first foal of a quick dam.
I'm sure the handicapper has got Viva Ronaldo right now but we'll keep plugging away and he runs in the division two of the thirskracecourse.net For Discounted Tickets Online Handicap at Thirsk. We claim seven off him with Samantha Bell riding.
Our final two runners are at Nottingham. Loch Moy goes in the Dick White Referrals Handicap. He's quite a nice horse but his work is in and out. One week he'll go very well, the next he'll disappoint you. He's fit and well and we'll see what happens but this looks a warm contest.
I thought Classy Trick would win the other day at Kempton but he was very disappointing. It's nice to get a run on the turf with him and he's handicapped to win races but he needs to bounce back after the last day in the Racing Welfare Handicap.