Team McBride continued their rich vein of form when both Masai Spirit and Cheerful were both placed in their respective races on Tuesday
Although up in trip to 10F Masai spirit was expected to follow up from her win at the same course but as it turned out she had to settle for 2nd, 2 1/2L behind Dreamboat Dave who took advantage of Masai Spirit’s attempt to take on the field early from the front. The winner dropping in before making a concerted effort to win nicely inside the final furlong. Masai Spirit held a 2 1/4L advantage on the 3rd Dyagilev and the leading pair were a step above others in the field. She has trip options now and could try 9F next time.
Cheerful put in possibly her best performance when 9L 4th of 10 runners in a CL6 7F apprentice handicap at Leicester. On bottomless ground and in the closing race, young apprentice Alice Bond gave her a decent ride and although nowhere near the made all winner Milan Reef she came through from the back of the field just failing to get 3rd from Cotubanama by a short head. Milan Reef winning by 2L from Field of Vision, the two pulling clear by 7L.