Prolific Golden Birthday completed an amazing sequence of five successive victories inside three months with a comfortable success on the flat in a Class 3 handicap at Doncaster on Friday.
To think that when we kept him in training back in May we were worried that he might struggle to win another race!
Golden Birthday's brilliant run began over hurdles at Newton Abbot on July 31. He then added another success over jumps before racking up a hat trick on the flat in recent weeks.
Versatile doesn't begin to describe this much improved six year old who has now won eight races for us and has earned a well deserved winter break now during which we can dream about raising our sights for him next year over hurdles or more likely on the flat.
Golden Birthday is a horse who appreciates good ground, needs to go left handed and clearly stays well so it will be a case of thumbing through the flat programme book for suitable targets in 2018.
It was a bit of an experiment when we sent him to Leicester for his debut on the flat in a maiden on September 25.
He has made relentless progress since then with his latest triumph coming at Doncaster by two and a half lengths off a mark of 84 over an extended mile and three quarters.
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