He clearly ran below par at Chepstow last time but it looks as though the step up to an extended 2m7f there didn’t suit him. He had earlier run much better at Lingfield and Huntingdon, and he looks on a fair mark on those efforts, back in trip. He was a fair bumper horse too, and Stuart has his string in fair nick, as always.
It is great to have a ride for my old boss Paul Nicholls. It’s been a fair while, I think! In fact, I have just looked and the last one was Fago in the Grand Sefton at Aintree in 2015. We haven’t seen this filly since she fell at the last here in December, but hopefully she is none the worse for that tumble and she ran well for a long way there before getting tired. She had obviously shown loads of ability on the Flat and over hurdles in France and, getting the weight, hopefully she will give me a great spin with Paul’s horses in such formidable form.
He won well for me at Market Rasen earlier in the season and it was good to see him back in the winner’s enclosure at Musselburgh last time, beating an in-form horse nicely off a mark of 120. He will obviously need to step up on that form here, but his experience will stand him in good stead and he loves this ground.
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He has won around here and I thought he shaped really well when second over course and distance last time. He races off the same mark here and he could well be poised to return to winning form on ground he loves. Paul has his horses in good form, and I expect a big run.
He ran a really promising race for me when fourth at Sandown in November, but he was maybe a little disappointing at Ascot last time. Mind you, it was a good race and he faced a stiff task that day. He races on better ground here, and that could suit him. He is not without an each-way chance on that Sandown form.
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