A lot of the horses are having their final runs for the season before enjoying a winter holiday so it's great when they can go out on a high and Mrs Meader did just that when ploughing through the mud at Newbury on Saturday to romp home.
We knew she liked soft ground but heavy conditions are something different altogether and you can't be sure your horse will handle it unless they have run on it before.
Mrs Meader looked to love the deep ground and she cruised through the field to hit the front two furlongs from home and then won by three lengths, eased down.
This capped a brilliant year for the mare as it was her third win of the year and it rewards the loyalty and patience of owner Nick Childs who has had to wait a while for his horse to find her feet but she has certainly found the winning groove now.
The long term plan is to breed from her but I think she will race for another season as she still has more success to come next year.
There are still a couple of weeks of the turf season left and I have a few soft ground specialists to run so hopefully there's still a bit more success to come before the year is out.
On Monday at Leicester the soft ground will be ideal for Fen Tiger. He was unlucky to bump into an improving youngster last Monday at Windsor and we have to run him again quickly due to a lack of opportunities but he seems fresh and well at home since his recent exertions.
It is a race for amateur riders who have had less than three career winners but I think we have a good jockey in Freddy Gordon who works for Paul Nicholls and has actually ridden five winners but still qualifies for this. Fen is a straight forward ride who should go close to winning again.
Accompanying him will be Stintino Sunset. I think she'll like the soft ground and she has a very willing attitude so should be tough enough to handle it. She has been running well and looks like a race of this nature is well within her compass.
On Friday we have a couple of entries.
Macho Son ran a very encouraging race at Newmarket last week and he's come out of it so well that we'll give him his third career run now and then give him winter holiday to strengthen up. He's a big horse who will be nice next year.
Smokey Malone is at Southwell in a couple races. Hopefully he gets in the 1m4f race as I think a bit further stretches his stamina. He continues in good heart at home but just needs things to go his way at the races.
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