Two-year-old GREELEY is very much a work in progress but he followed up his Leicester success by defying both a penalty and soft ground to win at Newmarket on Friday night. The son of Sir Prancealot had disappointed in his maidens but a short break and a gelding operation has seen him in a new light and he did well to stay on for victory as he wasn’t well placed at halfway. He was already five pounds well in despite the penalty so while it was a good opportunity, it looks as if he can be more professional and a step up in trip could see further improvement.
Having gone three years without a win, it was a relief when BIOTIC finally got back in the winner’s enclosure at Leicester in June and with confidence boosted, he has looked a different horse on recent starts. He recorded his THRID win of the season when landing the amateur riders race at Salisbury on Saturday under Pat, who seemed rather pleased crossing the line! The strong pace clearly suited and while he will be facing another rise in the handicap (already up 13lb) you could not rule out further success with the gelding in such a rich vein of form.
Three year old SPOT LITE ran a solid race to finish third at Salisbury, showing plenty of pace but handicapper might just have got hold of him after his three wins earlier in the season. MASTER GREY ran another good race to finish third at Newbury, he was just left with a bit too much ground to make up off a steady pace but a longer trip and softer ground should see him back in the winner’s enclosure.