PULBOROUGH trainer Amanda Perrett finished the Flat season on a high note when Mirror Lake won a Listed race on the final day of racing on Saturday at Doncaster. She has always had a high regard for the four-year-old mare, owned by Khalid Abdullah, with Mirrow Lake campaigned in Listed races throughout 2011.
Mirror Lake won the Betfred Goals Galore EBF ‘Sir Percy’ Gillies Fillies’ Stakes in a tough battle with Principal Role, trained by Sir Henry Cecil. Both horses are owned by Khalid Abdullah, who was crowned champion owner for the year.
Amanda Perrett said: “She deserves that as she’s run well against the likes of Midday. It’s nice to win a good race for the owner as he’s been very loyal to me. She had a lot in her favour today - a good draw, a galloping track and soft ground. I hope she stays in training.”
Another runner for her on Saturday, Classic Vintage, was squeezed for room in the final two furlongs on the November Handicap, but still managed to finish fifth of 21 runners when running on under jockey Jim Crowley, who is the trainer’s brother-in-law.
Recently, another runner from Coombelands Stables, Roxy Flyer, was extremely unlucky to be beaten a head in a Listed race at Lingfield Park. The filly had beaten Sir Henry Cecil’s Shimmering Moment and also won at an earlier Goodwood meeting.
Roxy Flyer, owned by Fred and Sacha Cotton, and Paul and Suzanne Cotton, has gained the coveted ‘black type’ for when she eventually retires to stud, but will stay in training next year.
Her owners will have a second filly, by Dylan Thomas, in training at Coombelands next year.
The same day, Rio Royale won the apprentice race in fine style under Sullington jockey Luke Rowe. This horse also leads the yard’s two-year-olds in work during the season, doing a fine job in that sphere.