On Friday, trainer Owen Burrows will be looking to continue his strong start to the month with a winner over at Newcastle, sending just the one runner on the 572 mile round trip up to Gosforth Park, which given the yards current form certainly catches the eye.
When we see trainers travelling such a long way to run just the one there is often reason behind the decision, as connections believe they would not be travelling a large distance if they did not believe their runner had a real standout chance.
Not only have the yards runners been performing particularly well this month (3 wins, 4 places from 11 starts), but the Lambourn handler boasts a strike rate of 17% throughout his career when travelling this far with his horses having had 4 winners from 24 runners.
WISHAAH will be looking to improve that trend in the Class 5 Novice Stakes at Newcastle this evening, and after creating a good impression when winning at the first attempt earlier this month he should every chance of doing so.
The form of his debut success received a timely boost with the fourth winning at Brighton on Tuesday, and despite many in this arriving with potential he gets a fair draw in 8 and Jim Crowley retaining the ride can only be seen as an added bonus.