Tuesday was a wonderful day for us. We’ve always thought Bird For Life could pull it together on the turf and she’s finally done it. We saw much the same thrilling style as she employs in most races but from half way things were looking good and we have to give a lot of the credit to Ryan Tate who has this mare worked out. What you might not know though is she lost a shoe early on in the race so she was very brave to carry on, not many horses push on after losing a shoe. That’s six wins for her now and if she is going to take to the turf there could be more to come. Tin Fandango ran a lovely race in 2nd for the yard, it was a shame they had to run against each other because I feel he deserved to win too, Bird is just that bit better handicapped.
On to our other incredibly tough mare, Born To Please ran one of her best races on ground she really didn’t appreciate. Sandown always do a good job to make sure their ground is safe but it was quick enough. Born was first off the bridle but she galloped on up the hill to grab 3rd in the last strides. It’s almost like they know every penny counts at the moment! They are making some quite incredible statistics. To have a 24% strike rate is great going, especially as I don’t think any of the Club horses started the year particularly well handicapped. Usually only the top trainers achieve these percentages and that’s because they rotate their horses. And then there’s the £73.00 profit for putting a £1 win on every horse that runs...that’s staggering! It mostly curtesy of Misu Pete and his 50-1 win but it’s still very impressive and if you look at last years stats it’s obviously not a fluke, just an amazing, genuine bunch of horses.
Bird To Love is in at Wolverhampton on Sunday and Windsor on Monday evening. She won’t get a run at Wolverhampton and we would prefer to go to Windsor on Monday anyway. The race is at 8pm and the plan is to go for it. Any rain would be welcome for her but haven’t tested her on quicker ground so there’s no saying she won’t go on it. She ran well there once before, hopefully she can again if she is in the mood!
I’d also like to say thank you to everyone who contributed to Miracle Of Medinah’s fund. I’m very happy to report he is recovering remarkably well. I will send some pictures over the next few days, you wouldn’t believe the difference. He will have a few scars but nothing more than that. As soon as Catherine and I have our baby I will arrange some dates for everyone to visit him and all the other horses. I will probably stagger it over a couple of weekends so it’s not too crowed. Of course you are all welcome to come and see him at your convenience, just get in touch.
I apologies for not replying to some emails, it’s manic at the moment. As I am going to be spending a bit more time at home when the baby arrives I will make a new email address for the Club. I can run it from home and be a bit more on the ball. I will let you all know when I set it up.