BLAZE OF HEARTS won in convincing style at Brighton yesterday to bring up win number 30 for the yard this year.
The five-year-old son of Canford Cliffs, sporting a first-time visor, won the 0-75 handicap over a mile comfortably from Fleeting Freedom by three and three quarter lengths under Robert Winston and the win was always on the cards some two furlongs out.
Blaze tracked the leader, Andalusite and two furlongs out the 10/1 shot was always going the best of the nine-runner field and he took it up a furlong from home and soon went clear unchallenged.
The horse’s previous two wins had both come at Yarmouth last year and one is never too sure how horses will cope with the vagaries of Brighton but clearly Blaze Of Hearts relished the track. He was running off 73, a pound lower than his second Yarmouth win but the switch to Brighton and the application of new headgear seemed to work the oracle and this was a welcome return to form.
Congratulations to winning owner Roger Beadle whose win yesterday was his first with Blaze Of Hearts although he’s had a great year with Lucymai, the 5yo mare having won four times in 2018.
Tomorrow is a big day for the stable with Tony Bloom’s two horses, Flaming Spear and Librisa Breeze both running on Champions Day at Ascot.
The former is rated 110 and shoulders top weight in the Balmoral Handicap over a mile. The 6yo chestnut son of Lope De Vega has plenty of ability and should appreciate underfoot conditions, currently Soft.
Librisa Breeze returns to the scene of his greatest day on the track to defend the Group One Champions Sprint. He has a great record at Ascot and loves soft ground so hopefully he can bounce back to form in what is obviously a tough race.