I rode him at home before his debut at Beverley in July and liked him, so he was undoubtedly a bit disappointing there. But I think he is much better than he showed there – he was very green and inexperienced – and you can forgive any horse a modest run on its first start on a racecourse. And I think something may have to come to light when they got him home, too, so fingers crossed we see a much better run from him here. I did like him when I rode him in his work before Beverley.
Tunes Of Glory
He has run a series of decent races since winning on his debut and, although beating only one home for me at Kempton last time, he was only two lengths or so adrift at the line. He has been dropped 1lb for it and hopefully first-time cheekpieces will help him, too. They also went too slow at Kempton, so this tighter/sharper track will suit.
I rode him when he finished fifth over 6f at Carlisle last week. He didn’t really get the run of the race there, and he has also been dropped 3lb since. His best run probably came when just beaten over this trip at Ripon earlier this summer, so he has chances. In fact, I think he will go well. I did feel he was unlucky last time.
He looks to have run two solid races at Lingfield recently, and hopefully the step up in trip will suit. He runs in a combination of blinkers and a tongue-tie for the first time, and he looks to hold a chance in an open little race if he lasts home over this extra 2f.
He doesn’t look to have run up to his best at Ripon last time but his earlier second over course and distance gives him every chance. In fact, he always seems to run well here, so I think he could go close back at this track.
He has run well in defeat on all three starts this season, and a reproduction of any of those efforts should see him be very competitive here in this 7f maiden.
He has only run once over 2m and was well beaten in the Queen’s Vase, but that was obviously in a higher grade than this. He didn’t run too badly at Salisbury last time and has been dropped 2lb for it, so he has claims if staying.
He has been running over further in his most recent starts, and pretty well too, but we haven’t seen him since April. But he has plenty of form over 1m4f, has won here, and has gone well fresh after a long break before. And he has been competitive off this mark in his recent runs, too, running really well since being fitted with cheekpieces.
He returned to his best when second over this trip at Newcastle last month. He seems to reserve his best for the all-weather, so it is no surprise that he is 5lb higher in this sphere. He looks to hold a solid chance.
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