5th April 2019 – Aintree – The drying ground and relatively slow pace played into his hands. The three stayers in the race that were prominent in the betting gave themselves no chance the way this race panned out. I suspect this is an important factor to bear in mind as few punters/pundits will look beyond how impressive he looked in the finish. Having said all of that – yes he did look spectacularly good from two out to the last and then even more so after the last to the line. Personally I would prefer to remember my pre-race doubts about him on true soft ground; moreover we have yet to see him tested over this trip in a true run race against staying horses competing off a more suitable pace. He remains one of my favourite horses in training and, at the same time, this looked so good that he is most likely to trade shorter than he deserves in the short term.
5th April 2019 – Aintree – He was almost the first horse beaten and was never really travelling; consequently he has done well to plug on for second spot albeit against a few horses unsuited to the day.
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5th April 2019 – Aintree – He led for most of the race on a day when the front would be the best place to be. He may be a little flattered by his third place finish and may not have actually had to do as much as it appears to finish so close up.
5th April 2019 – Aintree – He was not helped by the slow pace as he was over racing for much of the race. He briefly appeared like he was going to be a threat on the turn for home; however, he simply does not possess the speed of the winner – this is also something we can say about two or three others in the race.
5th April 2019 – Aintree – He had no chance whatsoever the way the race was run. He is a staying horse and was up against a relative speedster on drying ground. For future reference I will be happy to draw a line through this run the next time we see him.