Box 41's VOLUNTEER POINT & Graham Gibbons take last night's feature in fine style
She seems to be cut from a different cloth and whilst most fillies shrivel up in the winter VOLUNTEER POINT refuses to comply with that assessment. Last night at Wolverhampton, the daughter of Footstepsinthesand romped home in the seven furlong Fast-Track qualifier under Graham Gibbons to set her on what we all hope will be another tilt at the Fillies & Mares race on the all weather champions day in the spring.
There's not much more you can say other than that. She's a little fractious, but only through enthusiasm and Mick was delighted that the light shines as bright as ever.
"She hosed up last night and picked up a good few quid in the process again. We were offered a considerable sum for her this year but she's all about fun and enjoyment for the Box 41 team right now.
"We're not complicated and the plan is obvious but she's an incredibly tough filly who relishes the artificial surfaces. Graham knows the score and gets on with her great and, considering I'm a joint owner along with my best mates, you could say that I'm a bit chuffed right now."
The Radford Family's GLEN FORSA - An impressive bumper winner on Saturday
Saturday saw a newcomer make an eyecatching debut at Huntingdon as the Radford Family's GLEN FORSA took the 1st Security Solutions LTD Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race in the hands of Graham Lee.
The four year old son of Mahler has impressed us at home - he's a huge, long striding gelding who covers the ground relentlessly and that was very much in evidence as he recorded a six length success in effortless style.
Covered up for much of the extended mile and five furlong contest, Graham sat quiet until asking for an effort three furlongs from home. Although he ran green in the closing stages the outcome was never in doubt and Mick was delighted with a young gelding who may well have a bright future ahead of him.
"That was good to see because we didn't have a great start to the day with The Blue Bomber who just ran too freely in his race but it looks like GLEN FORSA has a bright future.
"It's very difficult at times to be overly confident with many of our bumper horses, simply because we have few to compare them to at home, but it's been obviously for quite some time that he's got bags of scope and no little talent.
"Paul Morkan has done a fine job on him at home and although he's mentally very backwards at the minute, this horse has got a really athletic way about him and is a relentless galloper.
"We're not in any real hurry with him but he's certainly exciting - we'll have a chat with Hen and Tim and plan what we want to do with him next."