LADY CRYSTAL broke her maiden at Newcastle under a great front running ride from Ben Curtis. We were delighted to see her get off the mark for her patient owners Champagne Charlies club. She is a free going filly but Ben managed to hold on to her enough early to get her home in front holding off some late challenges. There were some great scenes from delighted owners caught on camera in the paddock.
UPGRADE having his first run at Southwell on Fibresand under Dougie Costello made it a winning one and did it in good style drawing well clear of the pack after making the running. He is a horse who enjoys it out in front and seemed to relish the change in surface. He was later sold at the Tattersalls Feb sale.
EDGED IN BLUE returning from a break put in a good effort under Jordan Vaughan finishing second to an impressive type at Lingfield. She should come on for the run and should benefit for an extra furlong.
PERCY VERENCE was an unlucky third at Newcastle having had to come around the field on the bend to get a run after a messy slow paced race. A decent consistent gallop would suit him much better.