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He only beat one home on his return over 5f at Goodwood, when he wasn’t wearing his usual headgear, but the minimum trip was never going to suit him there and the extra furlong here is a big plus. I rode him when he finished a good sixth at Doncaster last season, the horse having won well over course and distance in a golden spell of form beforehand, and he handles fast and soft ground alike. I give him a decent chance, with the blinkers back on.
He doesn’t look to have run up to his best over 1m2f at Brighton last time but he had earlier been in good form, winning over this longer trip at Wolverhampton. It is obviously a competitive handicap but he is a course winner who goes well with cut in the ground, so he has a chance.
He ran a very encouraging race for me when sixth at Windsor over 1m2f on fast ground earlier this month. It was a really good, pleasing introduction for him and hopefully he will show the benefit of that run here, on what is likely to be much easier ground. He was very, very, green at Windsor and didnt get the hang of things until 2f out, and I would say he will come on loads for the run. He’s also a really well-bred colt.
I haven’t ridden him on the track, but plenty at home – though not recently – but he looks a really nice prospect for the stable, finishing second in a Newmarket maiden last season and getting off the mark over 1m at Wolverhampton in April. His pedigree suggests the step up to 1m3f could really suit him and a mark of 84 looks fair for him. There are reasons to be hopeful, and he will like the cut in the ground, too.
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