The quality and strength of the team effort which goes into making my stable tick has never been more apparent than the last few days, a spell where I crept off to find a few rays of sunshine overseas, directly coinciding with the horses going into overdrive and us having five winners in the space of 10 days.
Naturally a few of the gang were quick to point out I should go away more often if that’s the effect it has on the horses, an offer I might take them up on if they’re not careful!
Joking aside, I’ve stressed many times in my FansBet blog how important the role played by all the team at Southgate Stables is, and this period just backs it up. They never missed a beat and I’ve returned to a great atmosphere combined with happy, healthy, successful horses.
Victories for Really Super and The Accountant at Worcester, Nirodha at Redcar, Napping at Lingfield, plus most recently Blessed To Empress at Chelmsford all made me smile, and hopefully there’s lots to look forward to with all of them.
Where Nirodha is concerned the dream is very much still alive, a dream that could turn out to be a trip to Doncaster during the St Leger meeting in little over a week’s time. By Camacho, she’s now got form figures of 2, 1, 1, which earn her the chance to have a tilt at the £50,000 two year old handicap up there. What a nice prize that would be to win!
I’d also like to mention Blessed To Empress, who by the time you read my updated FansBet column will have run again on Monday afternoon at Brighton.
Whatever happens there she’s established as a real yard favourite. She was our first ever two year old winner and some two years on, here she is, a five-time winner who is loving life and giving her owners loads of fun into the bargain.
She produced a fantastic display once again at Chelmsford on Saturday, powering clear to win by two lengths. Great stuff.
On a similar theme, one who didn’t win but nonetheless had me chuffed to bits was Rock On Baileys, a daughter of the great Rock Of Gibraltar, who remarkably has now been placed twice at listed level.
After she finished second at Chester I said in my blog we were into bonus territory, a statement which is all the more apparent now following her latest heroic display, this one coming on the July course here in Newmarket.
Sent off at 33/1 this time, the bookies didn’t give her even a second look and clearly believed what happened at Chester was a fluke. Luckily no-one told Baileys, who was beaten just a head and a neck into third.
What a run, especially when you consider she was a neck behind 2018 Prix Morny winner Pretty Pollyanna no less, Michael Bell’s filly who is rated 109 but was getting three pounds from us, that despite the fact she won a Group 1 this time last year!
Time for Baileys to start getting a bit of the credit she deserves I would say.
Anyway, running plans are fluid for our string for the remainder of this week, but one name I will share with you is Breath Of Joy. A filly by Kodiac, she’s coming along nicely and showing all the right signs following good introductory runs at Newbury and Kempton. She’s in at Haydock and Kempton and we’ll take a view as to which is most suitable later in the week. Wherever she goes she’ll be worth watching.