Against The Wind Breezes To Success

Racing can take a bit to grasp, especially for 2yr olds. They are babies taking their first steps into competition and it can be hard. Against The Wind had taken couple of runs to learn but made no mistake at the third try when winning the 5f Winners Wear Slopes Menswear EBF Novice Stakes at Newcastle.

By first season sire Earthlight, Against The Wind had always shown bright promise at home and was one the earlier runners of the season. Starting out at York says exactly what was thought of him but that day he proved too professional. Pinging the lids he raced too well, going a few strides quicker than he really should. Although it wasn’t a win there was definite signs of promise but a step up in trip next didn’t particularly suit.

Northumberland Plate day always offers a good 5f 2yo novice and so that was planned for his next run. Tom Eaves has been in great form of late and was in the saddle once again. The 9 runner field attracted stables from far and wide with a winner also lining up. It was the winner who would take them along in the early stages, but they were always pressed by Against The Wind. The chestnut settled into a lovely rhythm, showing bright speed but in a much more controlled manner.

The leading pair were always in control and they started to get the rest into trouble passing halfway. As the leader looked to stretch the field, Against The Wind went with but with far more authority. Moving away from the favourite, the leading duo opened up a little gap but it was seeing Tom motionless which really caught the eye.

Sitting and waiting, Tom was a statue on board Against The Wind as they bared down on the final furlong. It was a new position for Against The Wind as now he had to quicken up and try to finish the race. The colt edged his nose into the lead and passing the 1f pole, Tom asked him for his effort. Shaken up the pair moved 1/2 length up and Tom now really asked for his effort. Against The Wind took a few strides but the further they went the stronger he looked. With 110 yards to run he began to hit top stride and showed his power. Striding out the colt went further clear and secured the win by 2 lengths.

It was great to see this performance as Against The Wind had been doing so at home. He looks as though racing has really helped and he has matured mentally to Cath up with his physique. Always showing bright speed, the final 1/2 furlong was arguably his best and shows that there is more to come. Now qualifying for a mark, Against The Wind has plenty of options in the coming weeks. Having always shown ability at home, this win could be the building block to bigger things now.

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