SINGAPORE - August is always a quiet month. Polytrack racing and the Southern Hemisphere horse's birthday means that the chances for those that should have won at two and three are over, with the dross remaining to fight it out in the early season Restricted Maidens or 4YO Initiations.
The wily trainers know this and will often hold back a "good-un" for a quick kill early in the season. Watching trials is very important at this stage of the year.
On top of that, it is winter in Australia and we await the return of the good horses in the Spring.
Europe is at the end of its season, though Goodwood and York are usually of interest, particularly now with horses often having a trial to see whether they will make the long trip in search of the Holy Grail of the Melbourne Cup. For those who have any interest, The Oracle's early Cup tip is the recent American St Leger winner, Dandino.
In Singapore, we welcome back "King" Corey Brown and "Lady" Lisa Allpress to bolster what have been very thin jockey's ranks.
Joao Moreira jetted off to ride a winner at Ascot and then had a short holiday.
Ivaldo Santana and Oscar Chavez suffered significant injuries from falls. Manoel Nunes also fell but bounced back to ride five winners at the next meeting.
Chevez, having got over a fractured tibia, is resuming this week - they are tough, these South Americans!