Hard to crab the run, he probably ran right up to the form he has shown in recent performances. Wasn’t helped by the winner veering across the pack at the 1f pole, but neither were others and we’d be hard pushed to say it stopped him winning.
He recorded his 2nd best Proform speed figure for the run, 1lb behind his best, so again we can’t knock the run too much.
The jockeys reported after the first couple of races that the ground was riding on the fast side which won’t have helped his cause and again he is left waiting for some juicy underfoot conditions to play his strongest hand.
One thing we do have to watch with the 5yo is his handicap mark. He is creeping up the weights without winning and there is a chance he slopes onto a mark he can’t win from without having picked up a decent pot in the process. I’m hoping the handicapper doesn’t touch him for this latest run and he gets to the softer ground without breaching the 100 mark. It’s a small worry but a worry nevertheless, they all have a ceiling to their abilities and we don’t want him breaking through it before conditions really come for him.
On the jockey front I certainly wouldn’t be adverse to seeing young Thomas Brown back in the saddle. He has caught my eye on a few occasions this term and his 3lb claim certainly wouldn’t go amiss, he also has winning and placed form on the horse.
I would have preferred the win on Saturday but to be fair I would have also preferred him not to have been running in the Shergar Cup!!
Hey Ho though, it’s been and gone and we roll onwards and upwards.
I’ll potentially have another addition to the squad once I’ve done a full personal review of the weekends action so stay tuned…