After a week off due to an outbreak of equine influenza, it was fantastic to be back racing and even better to return with a winner, Copper Gone West making it third time lucky with a comfortable success in the mares’ maiden hurdle at Musselburgh yesterday under Alan Johns.
The daughter of Westerner had won her sole start in an Irish point in 2017, but was held back by an injury last term. Thankfully, she is clearly going the right way now, as she readily got the better of a mare with strong novice form yesterday, taking a lead until the second-last, at which point she was sent for home, galloping on strongly for a four-length success.
I am confident there is a good deal more to come from her and she is crying out for three miles, but we may look to give her another run in similar company next time at 2m4f-2m6f, before stepping up in trip from there.
I am delighted for her owners Paul and Louise Bowtell and hopefully she can go on to further success in the near future!