They say good things come to those who wait and that was certainly the case for Mrs Meader's owner Nick Childs as he finally got to see his mare win a race this week at Newbury.
I bred Mrs Meader out of our star mare Bavarica but then sold this horse as a yearling when Nick bought her at the sales. Having run for another trainer, she came to our yard at the end of her four-year old season and she almost got a win on the board last year a few times, most notably when beaten a nose at Windsor.
She went to Newbury with a lot in her favour - soft ground, a decent handicap mark and at a course she had run well at before. You could almost say we fancied her but it's hard to say a horse will win when they haven't done in 20 previous runs!
Thankfully all went to plan and Mrs Meader cruised through the field under Ross Birkett to win very cosily with her ears pricked. It was a fantastic occasion for her owner Nick who lives and works in Hong Kong but he never misses watching a race despite the time difference.
Now she has the winning feeling, hopefully we won't have to wait as long for her next victory!
Mrs Meader's best mate and next door neighbour Spanish Mane will be our first runner of this week as she goes down south to Brighton. She is a regular at the other seaside track Yarmouth but the ground has been too soft there recently for her to run. She is in fine form at home and I just hope she has enough stamina for the uphill finish over one mile at this course.
Arpina will have a couple of entries - one on Thursday and the other on Saturday, both at Lingfield. I favour the latter as it's a more suitable race and she is due a win after a couple of second places recently. Like always, the race has to pan out perfectly for her to go close.
The other entry will be Hurricane Kiko at Newmarket on Friday evening. It's his first career run and he is still quite a baby so it'll very much be a learning experience for him and it'll do him a lot of good fro the future.