Saturday’s Ascot meeting will be a special and memorable day for fledgling trainer Jessica Bain as she saddles her first runner in town.
Bain will realise an ambition when her talented and in-form mare All In Red steps out in the Tabtouch-Westspeed Platinum Handicap (1500m).
“I’m nervous and excited all at the same time,” Bain told The Races WA.
“A country girl is coming to town and the big smoke.
“It’s going to be a huge experience for me and the horse.
“She is racing well and deserves an opportunity.
“I’m looking forward to it and we will come down on Saturday.
“But I have to admit there is a fair degree of nerves and tension.”
Bain can rest comfortably that she comes to Ascot with a horse that has displayed consistent form.
The daughter of Blackfriars has been the perfect ally to Bain after she took out her trainer’s license before the start of the season.
All In Red has finished top two in all her races since her campaign kicked off in December, winning three and finishing runner up twice.
Last start was her most dominant performance when she led and won by close to five lengths over 1618m.
“She is going very good at the moment,” Bain said.
“I think it’s been a case of maturity more than anything else.”
Jade McNaught gets to ride All In Red again. In a field of 13 starters, she has drawn perfectly in barrier two.
McNaught reunites with the mare, having ridden her on two occasion for a win and a second.
“Jade knows her well and the way she races,” Bain said.
For as long as she can remember horses has always been in the blood of Bain.
Although All In Red has validated her move to training, it wasn’t her first choice in racing.
“Since I was about two all I ever wanted to do was become a jockey,” Bain said.
“But the move to training came about last year when working with Kim Anderson.
“He suggested I get it done and was the push behind me.”
Bain won’t allow herself the luxury of dreaming about a fairy-tale result on Saturday, but admits it could emotional if the cards fall her way.
“I think I might be crying,” Bain said.