Blonde Me got up late on to beat John Gosden’s well-bred favourite The Black Princess in the Middleton at York, and in the process added another impressive group race victory to her form — that was her latest outing in May. The daughter of Tamayuz so rarely runs a bad race and even with these below par efforts usually the ground has not been in her favour. I’m of the opinion she isn’t suited by really soft (almost heavy) conditions, so you can draw a line through those efforts. She is a Mare who gives and gives in her races, and right now she seems to be in the form of her life. And at five-years-old, this coming Saturday at Sandown she will face the biggest test of her credentials so far — the group one Coral Eclise.
In a race likely to contain: Jack Hobbs, Cliffs Of Moher, Barney Roy and Eminent, it clearly wont be a walk in the park for Andrew Balding’s talented mare — but can Blonde Me compete with these elite thoroughbreds at the Surrey venue?
Previously, she has performed impressively at Sandown, with form figures from three runs reading: first, second and second. While the trip should be fine too, she has only raced beyond one mile on four occasions, the negative slant on that of course is she has only won one of those four races. However, I like to see things from a positive perspective because in my eyes she finishes her races so well, but one mile two furlongs is likely her optimum racing distance. The ground shouldn’t be an issue either — currently good at Sandown — she has the flexibility in a number of underfoot conditions, however, she wouldn’t want it too fast or really soft.
And despite so many positives Blonde Me will be a big price at Sandown, although I’m not a betting man or self proclaimed ‘tipster’ I write for the love of horses, the sport itself, and because of my passion for writing; I will be watching on Saturday, with hope and trepidation, and when the clock ticks 3.35 and Blonde Me bursts from the starting stalls, she will have certainly earned the right to be racing side by side this great generation of three-year-olds who make up part of this years Eclipse.