Everyone loves winning races, but Cambridge trainer Roger James got an extra special thrill from Volts win at Ellerslie last Saturday.
James prepares Volts, winner of the Swiss Deli 1400, for the Deetees Syndicate, which includes Coralie Eagle and her son, Dwayne. The Eagles were sponsors of one of the feature events on the programme, the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO, named in honour of their late husband and father respectively.
“They had been trying to win a race on their sponsored day for more than 25 years and they were so thrilled to finally do it,” said James. “It was so fitting and it was great that I could do it for them.”
Volts is the second horse James has prepared for the Eagles. The first was Firepower, whom they co-bred and also raced in a syndicate. “He won three races, on the trot, last year,” recalled James.
The manner in which Volts lived up to her support to win last Saturday suggests she could go further than Firepower.
She was having just her second start and had been unlucky not to win her debut at Avondale earlier in the month when a half-head second after being bumped in the run home. Beforehand she had been runner-up in both her trials.
The four-year-old mare has made a late start to her racing career through injury.
“She got injured before she came to me,” said James. “She went through a fence and got badly injured.
“She’s not very big but she shows promise.”
Volts was ridden last Saturday by Vinnie Colgan and won comfortably by a length and a half from Long Harbour.
- Cambridge JC