Long-time Goldie maiden Jessie Allan bids for quickfire hat-trick
Jessie Allan, a seven-year-old mare whose first 40 races came without success, bids to complete a remarkable quickfire hat-trick on the 43rd start of her career at Hamilton on Wednesday.
Perseverance has finally paid off for Robert McLachlan, owner of Jessie Allan, winner of 6f handicaps at Redcar and Ayr on her last two runs.
She drops in trip for the 5f apprentice handicap (5.00) and, although she faces a stiff task under two 6lb penalties against apparent handicap blot, Only Spoofing, who is also chasing a three-timer and has opened the 4-5 favourite, her trainer Jim Goldie believes she will run another massive race.
“Jessie Allan suffers from a kissing spine,” said Goldie on Tuesday. “As she has got older she has learned to cope with it better. Having a good back man also helps considerably.
“She’s a genuine mare and it shows that persistence pays off eventually. I’m delighted for Robert, who has obviously been very patient.”
He quipped: “It took Sheikh Mohammed a long time to win the Derby in the Godolphin blue with Masar, and it’s been a similar story for Robert in winning a race with Jessie Allan!
Jessie Allan in numbers
40 runs before first victory
58 best Racing Post Rating
1 trainer (Jim Goldie) and owner (Robert McLachlan)
200-1 biggest SP
100-30 shortest SP
"Racing is a special sport, and both stories provide perfect examples of why that’s the case.”
Despite holding onto her maiden tag until only recently, the daughter of Bushranger, who bids for a third success in just eight days, is a big favourite at Goldie’s Glasgow stable.
“She’s in a box between two geldings who both love her to bits, and she’s popular with all the staff too,” he said.
“She won very nicely on Monday and it would be wonderful if she could go to Hamilton and get the hat-trick.”
Members can read the latest exclusive interviews, news analysis and comment available from 6pm daily on racingpost.com