DAVID BARRON has long been respected as a trainer who knows exactly the capabilities of the horse in his care but even this astute handler has had to suffer some frustration this year as the crossbar has been rattled in some of our major handicaps.
Kynren was no match for Auxerre when beaten two and a quarter lengths in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster but then went onto be beaten only a neck by Cape Byron in the Victoria Cup at Ascot in May and there was further high drama in the wrong direction for the Maunby trainer when Afaak held Clon Coulis in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot in June.
In his usual laid back style Barron brushes those frustrations to one side and looking forward said: “Hopefully, the season isn’t over for us yet. We have been second in the Hunt Cup, second in the Victoria Cup and second in the Lincoln and you don’t get remembered for your second!.”
The aforementioned pair will surely figure at some stage and Gunmetal (drawn on the wrong side in the Wokingham Handicap) will sure find success in a major sprint handicap before too long with Goodwood likely to be his next engagement.
David has plenty that can find their heads in front in Northern Handicap company too and kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those he hope can add to his 18 winners so far this term.