The Allen, Porter & Voute Partnership's SUMMER ICON (Nearside) - a winner at Lingfield on Tuesday afternoon
It's been a while in coming but we're back among the winners after one of the quietest periods we can remember. In truth, we've had very little ammunition in the last few weeks. 2016 was a healthy year in the main and, as a result, we've mainly been concentrating on educating the babies, whilst the older horses resumed full work just after Christmas.
After a very bright start to 2016, SUMMER ICON endured a torrid time after being struck in to at Goodwood in May and therefore returned to work earlier than the rest, with the hope that she can make up for lost time in her four year old campaign.
She's always had plenty of ability and showed that in abundance at Lingfield on Tuesday, taking the Class 3, seven furlong fillies' handicap under a cool ride from George Baker.
She had two runs in the build up to this victory and has improved considerably for them and ran out a ready winner from off the pace yesterday to leave Mick delighted for connections who have had a frustrating time waiting for a filly who the boss thinks an awful lot of.
"She's back to near enough where we want her to be after a dreadful injury last year. She was struck in to at Goodwood and it was touch and go whether she'd race again or be forced to head to the paddocks. She's tough though, no shrinking violet and has always had bags of potential.
I just hope that all of the frustration is behind her because I think she has the size, scope and ability to get some black type. George gave her a super ride and that's the type of filly she is - anything off a fast pace and you fancy her to pick up at the death and it worked out perfectly. That's hopefully just the start of things though."