Precious made a perfect start to her racing career with a fluent success in the mares’ bumper at Plumpton on Monday in the colours of Phillip Cartwright.
It was a lovely performance by a youngster I rate highly. She is a big, solid unit, a proper powerhouse with loads of bone and already looks like a chaser at the age of four.
Precious has always been straightforward in her work at home, like her full sister Midnight Callisto. She travelled like a dream through the race at Plumpton before easing to the front half a mile from home and galloping on relentlessly to win readily by two and three quarter lengths from Victorias Peak.
I’m not going to rush Precious, who is such an exciting mare. She was ready to run earlier this year until lockdown put an end to racing in the spring. Given her size the delay in her debut was most likely a bonus and we will give her plenty of time and look at possibly one more bumper this season, maybe at Aintree or Sandown in the spring.
Phillip and his wife Donna were at Plumpton to cheer their winner home. We all enjoyed a fun trip to Ireland 18 months ago when we travelled over with the express purpose of buying Precious privately if her conformation matched her pedigree.
At that stage Midnight Callisto hadn’t won for the yard but we thought plenty of her and I loved Precious from the moment I saw her. The deal was done and hopefully she has a bright future after such a promising start at Plumpton.


  1. Phillip Cartwright

    Lovely to see her run and such a great finish hearing the thundering of her hooves as she went comfortably past the line.
    You never know until they hit the racecourse and now we can look forward with a little less trepidation !
    Absolutely delighted a great training effort by Anthony and team so thank you all we are so excited ..
    Phillip and Donna

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