The weather is likely to dictate our plans this week with so many meetings under threat, but Wetherby looks like surviving on Wednesday, which is good news for us as we have a great chance of a winner with For Goodness Sake.

She ran a cracker on debut for us when second at Warwick, confirming in the process that she can handle testing ground. The winner didn’t exactly enhance the form next time but the fifth has subsequently run well in defeat and the eighth won his next start, so the form probably isn’t too bad.

Wednesday’s contest doesn’t look very deep and it looks like we only have Neil Mulholland’s to beat, so we go there quietly confident that this filly can make the most of the weight she receives from her rivals.

If Catterick gets the green light on Wednesday then could send both Out Sam and Vinciaettis up there.

I’m hoping the novices’ chase (3.00) cuts up because I’d like to get a confidence-boosting win into Out Sam, who delighted us when third in a Grade 2 event at Ascot in December. I’m looking at a couple of Cheltenham Festival races with him but it would be nice to pick up a small prize along the way before he takes on the big boys. If he runs, he should win.

Vinciaettis has won both his bumper starts (joined us before the second of his wins) and we are keen to get his hurdling career up and running. His two wins have come on soft and heavy so there are no issues with the ground and he has pleased me with his schooling recently. Hopefully the pair can make the long journey north a worthwhile one.

I’ll be back later in the week with news on my weekend runners.


For Goodness Sake - 1pt @ 6/4