We always thought a fair bit of him as a juvenile and he has returned from a lengthy absence, which involved being gelded, in rude health. He did brilliantly for me in landing an all-weather hat-trick with wins at Kempton and Wolverhampton, and he ran his best race yet when second at Lingfield last time. If he can translate that level of form to turf and on this soft ground, then I would like to think that another big run awaits.
His pedigree gives you plenty of hope that this testing ground won’t inconvenience, as his family all handled it, and his half-brother was at his best in soft going. Hugo puts the cheekpieces back on that he wore once as a juvenile, so hopefully they will help him, too as he can be a bit keen. I do think it’s the ideal race for him in many respects, and a draw in six should give me options.
I don’t know too much about him but I have had some success when riding for the yard, and his breeding – he is by Sir Prancelot out of a mare who won in soft ground – gives you hope that he will handle the conditions. And it was good to see the stable have a winner at Lingfield on Monday.
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