If Bunbury trainer Mark Bairstow left the Northam Race Club on Thursday with a satisfied glow there would have been few if any who could begrudge him.
Bairstow walked away from the meeting posting a double, but the win of perennial placegetter, Daisy Express, must have been especially satisfying.
In a win for patience and perseverance the Danehill Express filly shed her ‘bridesmaid’ status when she held on to defeat Stopwatch by a long-neck.
Bairstow said despite her win-loss count he never loss faith in Daisy Express and believes her breakthrough victory should silence the doubters.
“What she does do is give you 120 per cent every time,” Bairstow said.
“I disregard when people say she is not genuine because she is very genuine.
“She fronts up every week with the same sort of effort.
“She has a short sprint which makes her look on-paced.
“She is a pretty honest horse.”
Bairstow says he has no plans to spell Daisy Express who has been in work since she stepped out for her first appearance at Belmont in May.
Bairstow believes the days of extended spells for horses are over.
“Don’t worry about how many runs they have but on what they are doing at the time,” Bairstow said.
“She is one of those horses if I put her out in the paddock she will be at the vets the next day to patch her up.
“If you understood how mad she was when she was young you would understand why she has been in work a while.
“The days of big long spells are gone and if you look at the AFL you would be lucky if you had a week off.”
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