EYE CATCHING DEBUT.....
You Caught My Eye made a highly pleasing winning debut in a mares’ bumper at Uttoxeter late on Friday.
A shrewd purchase in Eire at 2,500euros in 2017 by Marie McGuiness, who broke her in and brought her on. Martin Rowe saw her at Marie's - the mare "caught his eye"!
Will Biddick pre trained her for a few months prior to coming to us and she arrived in good condition 2 1/2 months ago and has been going nicely at home since joining us.
We only have a handful in full training at this time of year but her work had been encouraging and I was hopeful heading to Uttoxeter for what didn’t seem a particularly strong race.
Like a lot of our better horses You Caught My Eye briefly hit a flat spot before leading over two furlongs out and readily going clear to beat Belatrix Estrange by seven lengths.
It’s encouraging that she looked very professional and was really strong at the finish under Aidan Coleman.
You Caught My Eye is the first horse to win in Martin’s silks since Rachael rode his smart mare Eleven Fifty Nine to victory in a valuable Listed bumper at Aintree in April, 2012. That was an important success that helped put us on the map and it, too, was run on a Ladies night on a Friday.
This weekend we are looking forward to taking Regal Encore to Ireland for the Galway Plate on Wednesday.
While the trip is arguably a little on the sharp side for him he seems in great form and is down to a mark of 144, his lowest rating for some time. Here’s hoping.