The mid-summer break in the National Hunt season behind us means, I guess, that we can begin the countdown to what most of us still call the 'start of the jumps'.
I don't have too many clear memories but the old season usually started around this time of year with meetings at Market Rasen and Bangor.
There's plenty of action taking place over the coming weeks but as the ground continues to dry out we can't seriously expect any of the bigger stables to get their horses out until late September/early October.
That's still a long way off but I would like to start posting more in the coming weeks as we look to get back into full punting mode in readiness for the new campaign.
I don't think I've ever put up a tip for a hurdler on this blog and I can't see that happening any time soon as the focus will be on the chasers rather than timber-hoppers even more than ever over the coming months.
Focusing almost solely on chases means I should have more time to watch and study the racing further south, and my on-course trips could take me more in that direction.
We'll see how it plays out. I thought the racing in the north was particularly poor and uncompetitive last season - it became rather dispirited at times. A drier winter might help matters.
With a view to tackling more southern action I intend at this stage to follow the 'road to Cheltenham' a lot more closely and will likely head to the Festival in March rather than tackle Sedgefield and Hexham, which were desperate affairs this year.
As such, any insights that might be worth sharing will be posted here.
However, the bias will remain heavily on the northern circuit and with a bit of luck I'll be putting out a few selections over the coming weeks to help swell the coffers heading into October.
I will be providing a private email service for clients starting in October which will include text updates from the track on condition and well-being. More information on that to follow in the coming weeks.
Apologies for not keeping the blog up to date. I'm coming into the new season fresh and raring to go.