Something of an average day for the Yard yesterday; Bird for Life ran the quietly progressive race we hoped she would just getting pushed out wide on the home turn which might have cost her a place; she is looking more and more like a filly who will be effective and competitive over the Autumn and early Winter on the artificial surfaces in a grade similar to last night and possibly over a longer trip.
Rainbow Jazz’s performance was not quite so good and, since he has been gelded, he hasn’t quite captured the form of his really promising Goodwood and Newbury runs earlier in the Summer. We were just slightly worried about how effective he might be on the deepish polytrack surface (that Lingfield exhibited yesterday) and we would hope to find him a good ground turf Nursery, perhaps back at seven furlongs, before the turf season ends. He is intrinsically a better equine athlete than he showed at Lingfield yesterday.
Finally everyone at Rowdown was delighted to see Robert Havlin return to the track with a winner on his comeback ride at Lingfield yesterday afternoon.He has been an excellent and highly proficient pilot for us and those with a memory will recall how well he rode Ridgeway Hawk at Southwell and Littlecote Lady at Kempton; a very happy and much deserved event to see him back in the Winner’s Enclosure.