I have been very lucky to have a winner on quite a few of my recent birthdays and, although we had no runners on the day this year, we did manage to have a winner on the day before.
Heer’s Sadie had got back to winning ways for the first time in two years at Brighton a couple of weeks before but we weren’t expecting her to do it again so quickly having had to wait so long between drinks before then.
In a more competitive race and after a 4lb rise in the weights I thought she might struggle but she proved us wrong.
Jockey Aidan Keeley gave her a perfect ride and has built up a good relationship with the mare now. They timed their late run to perfection to win by a short head and give owner John Ford another homebred winner.
Corporate Raider was another looking to make it back to back wins and he almost did but just found one too good on the day. I was pleased that the blinkers worked for a second time on him and he should be winning more races if staying in this mood.
We are back to Brighton again on Tuesday evening with a couple of runners.
Queen’s Company didn’t fire at Doncaster last time but things didn’t go her way so she can be forgiven. I think the stuff finish at this track will suit her and hopefully she can get a fast pace to chase.
Spanish Mane will be heading south with her and we know she loves the track having won there twice last season. She bounced back to winning ways last time and has been full of herself since then so I don’t see why she can’t run another big race.
We have three entries on Wednesday but the ground might stop some of them running.
Stintino Sunset has best form on soft ground but ran ok on a firmer surface last time so maybe she could run well on it. She deserves to get her head in front after some respectable runs recently.
Rusheen Boy may be heading to Lingfield with her after the drop back to five furlongs went against him last time. He’s back at six furlongs this time and hopefully that’s enough to see him fare better.
Fen Tiger at Yarmouth is the other entry that day. He is best with some juice in the ground so we will see what the ground is like before deciding to run.