Almost There was Right There and wins December's NAF PPORA Mare of the Month Award
7 year-old mare, Almost There laid claim to the competitive 3 mile Maiden at Cottenham on New Year's Eve with an eye-catching performance that also secured her the NAF PPORA Mare of the Month Award.
Taking herself to the front in the early stages, Almost There looked thoroughly in love with the game as she shrugged off numerous challengers, tackled her fences with relish, and finished with ears pricked an easy 5 lengths clear of her nearest pursuer Tricky Silence (Sam Lee). Spectator reactions suggest she'll have been added to many notebooks as "one to follow" this season, and she was quickly flagged as a contender for this month's award.
A huge cheer greeted her return to the winner's enclosure and the last leg of a hat-trick for owner-trainer Nick Wright from Chippenham near Newmarket, and his son London based Sports Business Consultant Archie. Their runners In A Blue Dust and Mr Maclennane had previously claimed the Members' and Restricted races.
"My father will have wondered what I was doing hitting the front so soon," confided Archie before explaining, "she can be a little lazy in front at home, but I could feel how keen she was, and her jumping was the best of my three winners today."
"I couldn't believe it all of a sudden they were bounding on in front and I couldn't understand what was going on!" confirmed the jubilant trainer.
Almost There, the first mare to run in Point to Points for the Wrights, was bought from Ascot Sales having shown promise in 3 runs in Ireland in the Spring of 2016. A pelvic issue resulted in absence for the 2016 – 2017 season and this was her first run on English soil.
"It was great to get her to the track, and it was a proper memory bank day. Thrilling, and it's so lovely to have won this award on top of that" said Nick on hearing the news from NAF and the PPORA.
Announcing Almost There as November-December NAF PPORA Mare of the Month Award Winner NAF Racing Manager Sammy Martin said:
"It's been an interesting couple of months, and great fun to become involved in Point to Pointing. I am delighted to announce that we have chosen Nick Wright's game mare Almost There as the first winner of our new NAF PPORA Mare of the Month award. She faced strong competition from the other nominees Pique Rock and Lily's Got Wings, both maiden winners in their own right. However her front-running performance and determination to remain ahead of each of her pursuers as they closed in on her heels were impressive. We are looking forward to seeing her next time out and to watching her progress through the season."
Nick will receive a selection of NAF products of his choice, and a bottle of champagne from the PPORA.