Ashadihan ran another big race on finals day when she was just beaten in the Fillies and Mares final at Lingfield. The classy filly looks likely to tackle some top group races this season and she has already prove herself at that level. Whilst she has proven her credentials, her half brother took his first career win as he bids to emulate the older sibling. Everything For You shed his maiden tag when winning the 1 Mile Maiden at Redcar and certainly looks one of the yard’s most exciting prospects.
The son of Pivotal took a little longer to come to hand than his sister as a 2 year old. A lovely, big colt but he was quite raw and it was quite obvious that time would be key to his success. From day one it was obvious there was plenty of ability but it was a question when he would be ready. Kevin was patient throughout 2016 and it wasn’t until the end of the season, October, that Everything made his debut. Staying on for fourth in a strong Doncaster maiden was just the debut that was required and was full of promise, giving owner Mr T A Rahman plenty to look forward to over the winter.
With plenty of potential, Kevin was keen to try and get Everything For You out early in his 3 year old season, hopefully so he could go on to contest some good races throughout the season. He came to hand early and made his reappearance on the all-weather, finishing second at Wolverhampton. It was a pleasing run and a nice start to the year, but he had shown that he just got caught for speed when the winner quickened up.
The early part of the season has plenty of opportunities for 3 year old maidens but it was Redcar that Kevin decided would be the most suitable race. The straight mile maiden divided into two divisions and both had plenty of fancied runners, with quite a few nice types travelling from the south attempting to take the spoils. Tom Eaves had been on board for the first two runs and kept the ride, hoping to continue the progression already shown by the colt.
Everything For You is a work in progress and he had already shown, on the track and at home, that he still needed to mature mentally. Tom decided to help his mount with this and bounced him out from the stalls, getting him into his stride and rhythm as quickly as he could. The 3 year old pricked his ears and took up front running tactics from the off, leading the charge down the Redcar straight. It was a fair early gallop so his rivals tucked in behind and happily took a lead off the big bay. To the right hand side of Everything, Royal Flute began to run very keen and edged into the lead, which Tom was happy with.
Through the first half of the race many of the fancied runners were up towards the front of the field. Everything For You was happily out towards the front, galloping away with his ears pricked. His biggest dangers, in the market, were always within striking distance. The straight mile does take some getting, despite the quick nature of the track, and with a decent gallop it was going to test the stamina. As soon as they passed halfway, the keen going Royal Flute started to wain and this left Everything For You to take up the lead.
Tom was keen to keep his mount concentrating and just had to niggle away to keep the pace honest. Everything started to stretch out and as they moved inside the 3f marker the pace increased. This had a knock on affect to the rest of the field and many came off the bridle and were quickly in trouble. Towards the stands side there were two famous sets of silks that came into view, Godolphin and The Queen. Merlin, owned by The Queen, was moving very well and loomed up to Everything. Tom was starting to work harder, trying to keep moving forward and straight as the challenge loomed large.
Between the 2f and 1f markers the field split and it quickly became obvious that the winner was surely coming from the front end. Merlin had travelled very well and drawn alongside Everything. Tom wasn’t showing full distress signals but he was having to get very serious with his mount. Immaturity was showing once again and Everything For You was just not understanding what was needed of him. Having moved through on the bridle, Merlin looked the likely winner and just edged into the lead.
The final furlong was to be decisive. Tom had to give Everything a few slaps just to wake him up and it certainly did the trick. Having gone down by 3/4 length he began to grasp the job at hand. The leader had set sail for home but couldn’t shrug off Everything and the big colt began to rally. With the tide turning, Everything was getting back at Merlin and the pair were well clear of the rest. Tom was working hard and he was getting the same response from his mount. The pair managed to get back up to match Merlin and with the momentum they retook the lead. Everything was in full swing and began to assert, kicking on to move into a 3/4 length lead and shedding his maiden tag.
Everything For You is still a big baby but there is plenty of potential with him. Mentally he still doesn’t know what racing is all about. He did show a good attitude when headed and it really helped him to have someone to race alongside. Where he could reach nobody knows yet as there is a lot of untapped potential. Mr Rahman has been patient with him and that is surely going to be repaid throughout this year. Everything For You is now eligible for a handicap mark and it will be interesting to see what he gets. He will certainly get further in time and this 3 year old has an exciting future ahead of him.