We had a bumper Pointing The Way seven days ago, but Richard Pugh kept matters brief on this week’s Irish Angle with just two horses to note. Both may well be stars of the future, however.
We started at Oldtown who raced on February 11th and it was here ASTERION FORLONGE ran out an impressive 6 lengths winner under top rider and recent Grade 1 conqueror Derek O’Connor.
Trained Pat Doyle, the man responsible for producing Grade 1 winner Barcadys, this son of Coastal Path, who also sired Bacardys, was easy to pick out in the video form given he’s grey.
“There was a lot of depth in the race and this fella himself was a €60,000 Derby Sale purchase. Derek O’Connor, when they quickened up – it was a brilliant piece of riding – great to watch – he just got him together, got him balanced, got him going forward and when they touched down after the last, his head (Asterion Forlonge) went down, his ears went back, and he quickened clear”, were Richard’s words.
Since winning his maiden, Asterion Forlonge has gone through the sales ring. On February 15th at Cheltenham, Harold Kirk went paid £290,000 to secure the four-year-old who will now be trained by Willie Mullins.
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We switched away from Oldtown to Kirkistown for our second horse, BOLD PLAN. A four-year-old son of Jeremy who made €28,000 at the Goffs Landrover Stores sale back in June, after this 8 lengths victory here, he’s now worth a fair bit more.
M J O'Hare did the steering for the Warren Ewing team. Richard started by saying, “If you watch him jump, he has oceans of scope, but he’s actually not the biggest horse in the world. I was quite surprised by that, as watching him in running, he had so much scope – he can really let fly at a fence and take lengths out of his rivals.”
In terms of the form, Richard said “there was a lot of depth to this race”. That must be encouraging given the winning margin, especially when you consider the runner-up also came 25 lengths clear of the third.
“He’s a fast, sharp, athletic horse with a lot of scope and you could see him turning out quickly and winning quickly. He’ll be a good hurdler and he has plenty scope for chasing as well.”
The Irish Angle is shown live on At The Races each Thursday from 11am.
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