2014 Bay Filly
by Delegator ex Birdolini ( Bertolini )
Bred by Overtown Stud and by the promising first season sire, Delegator, out of a winning Mare, Bird for Life is a well put together filly with a good stride; her family have a track record of handicap success and have shown themselves to be particularly effective on the AW surfaces.
She came to Rowdown as an unbroken two year old in March 2016 and took a little time to find her feet; possibly because she came into work late. She then stuggled with a respiratory virus that hung around Lambourn over the high summer of 2016 and we took the decision to turn her out in the fresh air to mature and to find her health.
She came back to Rowdown in the 2017 New Year and if you go here you can see her in an early piece of work; she has been quietly progressive from the Spring throughout the Summer of 2017 as she gained in experience and went progressively up in trip, running well at Kempton and Chelmsford without things really dropping her way and without much luck in running. But this all deservedly came together on her eighth start when she won a competitive twelve furlong Handicap at Kempton at the beginning of November; you can see a video of the race here
A short break followed and she ran really consistently at Kempton on six runs there in 2018, winning again at the beginning of April and being placed in all five of the other runs at the Sunbury track.
2019 saw her running consistently and continuing to show some quiet improvement; she won at Lingfield at the end of March and at Wolverhampton in the middle of July rising to an aw mark of 68, an improvement of close to two stone on her opening handicap; once we get to the resumption she will continue to give a good account of herself and she has been a really effective servant for our Racing Club.
And sure enough, on her first run back after the resumption, she powered home off a mark of 63 in a competitive 16 furlong Wolverhampton Handicap! And then, admittedly off a lower turf mark, she powered home at Chepstow in the third week of July, running on powerfully all the way up the straight to hold off her stablemate Tin Fandango.
Bird for Life's racing form, courtesy Racing Post
Bird for Life, First, under Ryan Tate, Tin Fandango, Second, under
Charlie Bennett, Sarah & Pete Smith 25th Wedding Anniversary
Handicap, sixteen furlongs, Chepstow 21st July 2020