Constanzia back in action at Lingfield

Brave filly won on the day her yard was hit by fire

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Jamie Osborne is looking forward to seeing his remarkable filly Constanzia return to action at Lingfield on Wednesday – almost six weeks after she escaped a fire and won at Chelmsford.

The Lambourn handler endured an episode he would rather forget in the early hours of the second Saturday in June, after a blaze took hold at his yard and reduced a staff bungalow and tack room to little more than rubble.

All horses and staff members emerged unscathed, and Osborne was able to send a series of tweets updating the dramatic events, including a short video of Constanzia in her stable as the fire raged in the background.

There was a happy ending to the story, however, as just hours after defying the flames, the Dandy Man filly went on to claim what her trainer admitted was an “emotional” success in Essex – and she will make her first appearance since in Lingfield’s Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Nursery Handicap.

Osborne said: “She’s been good. We’ve gave her a little break after Chelmsford, obviously, and we’ve been happy with her.

“I didn’t think she would carry a penalty, so we’ve waited for a nursery. We’ll see how we get on.

“She’s a tough filly and I hope there’s plenty more to come from her.”

Reflecting on the incident itself, the trainer is keen to consign it to the history books, adding: “In the end it was of no consequence really. Everyone has been rehoused and we’re moving on.”

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