7 February 2020
SOPHIE RALSTON has made a great start to 2010 and today she rode another winner for Harper Lodge Farm, Fantastsic Flyer, at Chelmsford. This was her third win from ten rides for Dean this year at an excellent 30% strike rate.
For the Harbour Watch filly, this was her sixth win in 19 starts since breaking her duck in April last year. Tonight, she was one of seven runners in a 6f fillies’ handicap and keen early on, she soon forged her way to the front. It was not ideal to do so much early on but she stayed on in the home straight and won by half a length from Siena Mia. This was a good performance off a 2lb higher mark than her last win back in September last year.
Fantastic Flyer started winning off 45 last April and having gone up 27lbs, she was winning off 72 last night. This was only her 19th start so, lightly raced and seemingly on the upgrade, she probably still has more to give.
Sophie may have drawn a blank in her working holiday in Cyprus but she’s come back to home soil and continued where she left off…in the Winner’s Enclosure! She’s had seven rides this week which have produced a winner, two seconds (both frustrating short head defeats) a third and a fourth. The third was on Nicky Baby earlier in the day at Chelmsford, when the pair were beaten just a length at 20/1.
For the stable, it was the first of the month but the third this year as the stable edges ever closer to 500 winners. Which horse will hit the magic 500! Who will be the winning rider? If you were an odds compiler, you probably wouldn’t bet against Sophie Ralston making a little bit of history.