Pam Sly has no trouble putting the pressure aside as she prepares top favorite Eileendover in the Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Aintree.
Eileendover is a shade of odds for Thursday’s sophomore contest, having made a big impression with eye-catching wins over his three starts so far.
Sly resisted the temptation to go to Cheltenham with Market Listed winner Rasen, and gave it a week off in the heat of winter before replenishing it for Aintree.
“I’m not taking any more pressure – and I’m not too excited either, which is good,” said the Cambridgeshire coach.
“She’s fine. I think I’m pretty much there with her physical form, after I gave her a month’s break.
“She hasn’t finished at all during the month, but it’s with her all the time. She is only four years old.
“She’s just doing what she has to do. She’s not doing anything sparkling. Everything went as planned, so I hope tomorrow goes as planned.
“If she can find a gear change again, it won’t be too bad.”
Even though bookmakers have Eileendover as a short price, Sly has great respect for his rivals.
“You have the horse (Dan) Skelton (She Is Beautiful) – it’s very useful, and there are a few others as well,” she continued.
“They could all be improvers from their last run.
“I don’t expect to have a walk. If she finishes in the top three, I’ll be delighted.”
Besides Elle Est Belle, third in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, opponents include pair Nicky Henderson of Mind Sunday and Tweed Skirt, the undefeated Milans Edge of Donald McCain and Irish raider of Arthur Moore Me Too Please.