Light Burst – Nov 22 (Kempton)
He will be much straighter for his run at Wolves, he is in good form (he bit me on Tuesday morning) and he is over a trip which will enable him to get into a smooth rhythm.
The draw is ok but there are two slight concerns. There is very little pace in the race and there are a number of horses in the event which, through stepping up in trip, may not stick to their normal run styles through being keen.
The other unknown is the unexposed Selkie’s Friend. He won on his debut back in July in a poor maiden at Newmarket. He was earmarked for Hong Kong but his rating of 78 isn’t high enough and Henry Candy is forced to run him here.
However, with the exception of half brother Magic Cross, most of the siblings are better on turf and not one of them has won further than 7f. Indeed, most are better over 6 furlongs.
Tactics will be changed slightly. The need for cover is just as important but for a horse that travels well he lengthens rather than quickens, so it won’t be allowed to develop into a sprint. Shane Kelly has to ride Prime Exhibit, so Andrea Atzeni has been booked. He should suit the horse.
He proved on Monday that a mark of 80 is within his range and he is a tough and genuine horse. Hopefully, the dark horse won't improve beyond him.