It has been a tough autumn for the yard, but last week we felt we got to the bottom of what was causing the horses to run below-par and, though it will take some longer than others to bounce back to their best, it was a huge tonic for us all to see Madera Mist bounding up the Cheltenham hill yesterday, providing owners Paul and Louise Bowtell with a richly-deserved success, as they have been brilliant supporters of ours for many years. I was also delighted for Alan Johns, who has been such a big part of our whole setup, both on the racecourse and on the gallops at home, and for whom it was a first Cheltenham winner.
A point winner in her native Ireland in March 2019, Madera Mist had several pieces of form last season that gave her a chance, but hadn’t quite been seeing out her races and I am sure that the wind op she had after her comeback run at Bangor played a crucial role in yesterday’s career-best effort. Settled in midfield and jumping well throughout, she led on the home turn, was left clear at the second-last and galloped on resolutely up the hill, to shouts of encouragement from her owner!
She’ll have a few quiet days now and we’ll enjoy the win before making a plan for where she goes next. She is very much at the right end of the handicap and I am hopeful that there is a good deal of improvement to come.
Having taken an age to record our first winner at Prestbury Park, with Master Dancer, we got to the second one much quicker…hopefully that bodes well for our next runners at the track in 2021!