Avertor slightly disappointed his followers again , he was up with the pace in a race that I thought would suit him but couldn't deliver a final 'kick'. Perhaps he did a little too much and a return to being held up over 6 furlongs could produce a better result. It will happen one day as he hasn't yet reach his full potential in my opinion.
Love Match ran a another very sound race to be a close up 4th, she just has too much weight to carry and she is a victim of her own consistency. She was raised 8 lbs after she won a weak race at Newbury and the handicapper is not being kind to her.
Marzante ran well but perhaps didn't quite get the trip in slightly tacky ground, maybe a drop back to 7 furlongs will suit. His mark of 79 looked to be lenient at first glance but Mr Tester the 2 year old handicapper was nearly spot on...77 would be fairer !
Definightly ...what can I say, was it the ground which he loves, or maybe the other runners didn't act on it, or the blinkers which have produce two much improved results at Goodwood. According to my 'ruler' on the frozen telly picture as he crossed the line, the distance was at least 7 lengths and not the official 6. It will be very interesting to see how the handicapper rerates him on Tuesday am, there is an argument to suggest that he could be rated at least 108 or even higher. Should he recover in time he could run in the Ayr Gold Cup at the weekend if he gets in with an 8lb penalty for winning two races since the weights were published, taking his weight to 8.11 ( rating 96). Can he win the Gold Cup with 12lbs plus in hand, who knows. It will be a challenge to win a race that for obvious reasons remains on my 'wish list' of big handicaps that have so far eluded Beckhampton...several near misses. Don't let's forget Genki who ran an encouraging trial in a Group 1 last weeken and, he is due to run off his old rating of 103 and is only 8lbs 'well in'. It should be a fun week ahead, let's have some feedback or opinions on Twitter.