Having been off the track for 18 months prior to returning in December, it has been a pleasure to see Copper Gone West develop into a useful mare this spring, building on her Musselburgh success in February and fine handicap second at Newbury earlier this month with a facile success at Bangor yesterday under Alan Johns.
Encountering soft ground for the first time, she always looked to be travelling comfortably and, when Alan sent her into the lead at the third-last, she quickly put distance between herself and her two rivals, galloping on strongly for an 11-length success.
She looks to have a good deal more to offer and the well-bred daughter of Westerner is a tremendous prospect to go novice chasing next season. However, we have had the Cheltenham mares’ raceday on Thursday 18th April in mind for her for some time and that remains her target, with options in the Listed novice hurdle and the Listed handicap hurdle.
Congratulations to her owners Paul and Louise Bowtell!