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I am still getting to know Colin’s horses but this one was a fair sort when Henry had him and he looks to have improved last season. He lost his way a bit after an impressive win over an extended 3m3f here in November but he returned to form over 2m4f, a trip he used to race over in Ireland, at Punchestown on his final start. He went up 2lb for that run but this 3m1f trip on decent ground should be fine for him, and he won here first time out last season. There are reasons to be hopeful.
He was a good horse on his day in Ireland and he obviously bumped into one when second to Fox Norton in this race last season. He didn’t reproduce that form afterwards but he certainly looks to have done when winning easily in heavy ground at Newton Abbot for Robbie earlier this month. He has gone up a hefty 12lb for it, and this is obviously a much better and more competitive race, and that makes life difficult. But we know he is fit and well, and this better ground suits him well.
He ran a decent race for me when fourth at Newton Abbot last time, for which he has been dropped 1lb, but he probably needs to step up on that run to be competitive here. Saying that, he just might. He ran well when second over 2m5f here at the big meeting in November last season, and he would have chances on that form, and his recent starts show he gets this 3m trip and more.
He cost a fair bit last season and is a brother to the Grade 1 Punchestown winner One Track Mind, so hopefully he has inherited a lot of that one’s talent. It is always hard for unraced horses, with no experience of points, but he looks a good prospect – I’ve sat on him at home and he gave me a nice feel – and this will tell us a lot more about him.
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