A must-read Pointing The Way this week as Richard Pugh seemed quite sweet on a few Irish pointing four-year-olds. The action kicked off at Loughanmore where the Michael Goff-trained TRIBESMANS GLORY got the better of his field by a diminishing half-length.
It was yet another point-to-point winner for the ill-fated sire Jeremy, who regular readers will know has had a brilliant season between the flags in Ireland.
“There were plenty runners coming to the last fence, but what you’d love about this fella is he just quickened away. I think this horse will grow and mature and he’ll see out the trip far better as he goes into his five and six-year-old years. He’s a real nice one to like”.
The second division of the above maiden went to a horse called THE VERY MANwho made relentless late progress to win. “He was tenth jumping the last and what an amount of speed he showed after that; he just carved through the field. He just took off and won by six lengths”. Looking at the video, visually, this was an impressive performance.
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This particular maiden was so overprescribed, it was broken down into three races. The quickest time came in third one on show where THUNDERSTRUCK really seemed to strike a sweet spot with Richard. “Everything” impressed him about this son of Fame And Glory.
“This fella was ten seconds faster than the over two maidens. Quite exceptional. Nothing, there just isn’t a negative to have here. He definitely stays, but he showed a real injection of pace. He’s just a very talented animal. He ticks every box”.
Next up we went to Bartlemy where ASK FOR GLORY won, and it was another winner for what Richard described as the “sire of the moment”, Fame And Glory.
“He was hugely, hugely impressive in a time 14 seconds faster than the average for the day. Just as he lengthened from the last, you can just see him still learning and he was getting faster and faster and faster. He took a while to pull up.”
We’d have to agree with Richard here, Ask For Glory impressed with how he hit the line and this came on the back of a huge jump at the last.
We stuck with Bartlemy but changed sex as SUBWAY SURF was the penultimate horse to catch Richard’s eye last weekend. The four-year-old daughter of Milan would win for the Colin Motherway team.
“What you’d love about the front two here is how they battled and drew clear. She really had to battle late here but at the line she was getting on top”. From a classy family, she’s one to note.
Finally, SILVER FOREVERwas the last horse for your ATR Tracker as this grey daughter of Jeremy got her career off to the perfect start in winning by ten lengths. Kieran Roche was the trainer and he may have an exciting mare on his hands.
“Coming to the second last, this mare just took over with conviction did it very easily. There’s not a single thing you couldn’t like about her. She outclassed her rivals is the best way of putting it.”
Irish point-to-point footage for The Irish Angle and Pointing The Way is kindly supplied by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing