The good run of form continues for the team with another couple of winners in recent days taking us to 11 WINNERS for the 2019 campaign and over £90,000 in prize money. Let’s hope it continues with another busy week in prospect.
Having surprised a few when coming second at 100/1 at Nottingham, we were keen to find the right race for DADDIES DIVA to lose the maiden tag and get us off the mark with this year’s two-year-olds (Betty’s three seconds meant it was four seconds from our first six two year-old starters) and luckily we found it by making a quick return to Nottingham on Friday. The soft ground was probably key and despite slightly missing the kick, she was soon travelling nicely behind the leaders and quickened clear in the final furlong to win a shade cosily by two lengths. Having cost just £2,000, she has already proven to be a bargain for her owners and we may step her up in grade, as she has an entry in a £50,000 Listed race at York on Friday or could head to the £60,000 Woodcote (won by our permanent resident Whitbarrow back in 2000) at Epsom on Oaks Day in three weeks.
While the soft ground was ideal for Daddies Diva, it may well have cost us a double when the horsebox returned to Nottingham for Ladies Day on Saturday with both SINGING THE BLUES and PRINCE OF HARTS finishing second. It was another career best for the extremely tough Singing The Blues, travelling extremely well into the race as he looked the likely winner approaching the final two furlongs but the stamina just ebbed away in the very tacky ground and got outstayed by a game winner. However, it was a clear career best taking his recent form to 1112212 and we definitely feel he is capable of winning at Class 5 Level. Having shown a smart turn of foot when landing a Class 4 handicap on his return at Wolverhampton, there was always a niggling doubt that Prince of Harts may prove best on a sound surface and while he clearly coped with the ground (giving ten pounds to a progressive winner that loves soft ground was a solid effort) he did not travel quite as well or quicken like we know he can back in second but it showed that he will also be giving his owners plenty of fun this year.
The luck might have been out on Saturday but it was definitely in on Monday night at Windsor (in the end) as MANDOCELLO left Charlie Bennett on the floor as they stepped on the course and enjoyed a solo trip around Windsor’s figure of eight track. Luckily he took no more than a “Sunday stroll” and once caught the vet was happy for him to take his chance. Having shaped nicely when third in his final qualifying race at Nottingham, we were hopeful we had a progressive type on our hands. Nicely placed from plum draw in stall one, he hit the front inside the final two furlongs and was always doing enough for a cosy success. With plenty of stamina likely as a son of Motivator (as well as his quirks), there is plenty to look forward to with John Deer’s homebred this season.
Other horses in the prize money were the consistent DADDIES GIRL who had a poor draw in the £45,000 fillies handicap and needed more use made of her but still finished sixth on Saturday. A nice debut from TILLY TANWORTH saw her show plenty of speed at Windsor as she finished fourth in what is a traditionally strong event while not much went right for BONNEVILLE after a slow start at Southwell and the race have come too soon when he finished third last Thursday.