It’s great to get our first winner of 2020 with Bird To Love and she won in some style. It helped that they went a mad gallop but I don’t think she was for beating whatever happened. When she’s feeling well she gallops with such determination, it’s a joy to watch. It’s a shame she bumped into another improving horse in Zayriyan; they drew well clear and I don’t think the handicapper will be too kind to either. But that is a problem for another day; we should just enjoy the moment! She obviously loved the track so we know we can always go back there but hopefully we will see the same enthusiasm on the turf in April. One last thing is we should spare a thought for Ellie MacKenzie who rode the mare so well last time and is unfortunately on the side lines with a broken leg.
As for Gifted Dreamer at Kempton on Wednesday evening,
we definitely didn’t get much luck. It’s typical when you really want things to
go right for a horse with limited chances. When I saw he was drawn 1 I did worry
he wouldn’t go the pace but be broke very well and travelled comfortably. That’s
where things went very wrong; the saddle slipped on another horse and ran right
across his path. It stopped him in his tracks and despite a good effort he
couldn’t get back on terms. We might curse our luck but the lad that came off
the horse that caused the interference fractured three vertebra; it’s a reminder
how dangerous the game can be. The good news is there’s no physical damage to
the horse; I just hope it hasn’t left a mental mark as he’s quite fragile in
that department. With that in mind we might try him in a hood to see if it
comforts him at all. He definitely showed enough to have another go with him and
he was probably only 95% fit on the night so there’s more to come from
Born To Please runs in the 12:55 at Newbury tomorrow. It’s a very hot race so we can’t go there expecting too much. The ground should be suitably soft though as it’s done nothing but rain all day today (I can’t wait to see the back of this winter!). Fingers crossed she enjoys a good gallop and gets round safe.
On the subject of jumping I still have Timeforaspin at Eastbury Cottage. He has settled into life with us beautifully; he’s so laid back and kind, and is recovering remarkably well. It will soon be time to turn him out for his summer holiday (providing the rain relents and the fields dry up…) and he will be back in training before we know it. With Cheltenham only 10 days away I get excited whenever I see him…we can dream! Anyway there are still plenty of shares left in him and we could do with the support to keep him going through this period, so if you or anyone you know might be interested in him please get in contact.