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WETHERBY WINNER SWASHBUCKLING IS ON AN UPWARD CURVE
Swashbuckling is looking more like the finished article with every run and displayed a smart turn of foot to cut down pacesetter Innocent Touch, having travelled strongly in the runner-up’s slipstream for much of the 10-furlong contest.
Brought along steadily by trainer Michael Wigham, Swashbuckling’s career is on an upwards curve.
Kevin Ryan’s flashy chestnut two-year-old showed a potent mixture of speed and courage to land this six-furlong contest.
Quickly away and dictating matters until headed approaching the final furlong, Dream Of Dreams fought back to deny Waqaas in a driving finish, despite being carried across to the far rail by the runner-up.
Like his sire Dream Ahead, he needs to get his toe in and looks the type to progress even further when the ground is soft.
Overlooked in the market at 40-1, Paco’s Angel made those odds look foolish when travelling up strongly on the heels of the leaders before failing to match the power-packed finish of impressive winner Barroche.
Trainer Richard Hughes rode her sire Paco Boy to many Group successes for Richard Hannon and he will have been delighted with his filly’s opening run.
Well found in the market behind odds-on winner Repton, William Haggas’s newcomer will have learned plenty from this experience.
Second Thought was drawn widest of all and effectively threw it away at the start when slowly away and edging left.
Jim Crowley allowed his mount plenty of time to find his stride before asking him to stretch.
Finishing fast and widest of all, Second Thought gave notice that there is a race or two in him at this level.
This is one that got away from Dean Ivory’s three-year-old colt.
Fighting Temeraire was last to leave the gate then almost immediately ran into trouble.
Robert Winston attempted to weave a passage through from the rear until encountering more interference two furlongs out.
To his credit, Fighting Temeraire produced a strong burst to close down winner Out And About and his consistency (2-3-1-2-2-2 from six runs) deserves better reward, probably with some ease in the ground around seven furlongs.
Returned to the track in January from a near two-year absence and this was his best effort to date, chasing home the admirable Starchitect.
Rod Millman has been campaigning him over much shorter trips but this 1m 6f test appeared just what the eight-year-old needs nowadays.
Third horse Rideonastar was a previous course winner (heavily backed), so the form looks solid.
Icebuster has dropped to his lowest mark in several years and the fact that he has performed well at Kempton gives his trainer an all-weather option should the ground firm up too much during the summer.
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