Freedom and Wheat ran well, fared the best of those on the pace, witness the video, and acted on the sand; he should have a fair few opportunities over the Winter under the new floodlights at Southwell, the suspicion remaining that he is more effective over six than the seven of last night.
Apex King ran reasonably in all the circumstances, especially if you take out the Shadwell winner from the equation, and we are looking forward to running him over the rest of the Autumn; Born to Please might have taken a step forward to getting herself back on track at Bath, staying on up the straight over a trip clearly on the short side for her nowadays.
On its face the disappointment of the evening was Padura Brave, who has never quite recaptured her two year old form, the one 'excuse' for the distance of ground she was beaten last night being that she was caught out wide throughout and Josephine had to make a lot of use of her early on to try and prevent this.
Wolverhampton this evening sees Profound make his debut for Rowdown under Tom Queally; he is a really nice horse who ran to a decent level as a Two Year Old for Roger Varian; he has had a limited career on the track since his two year old days but we hope that we have now got him right; he will inevitably come on for what he achieves this evening.
Evaporust makes his second start in the six furlong Novice Stake, having run respectably at Ascot at the beginning of September; we are looking for him to show some improvement this evening as he takes another step towards a mark.
Which brings us to our old friend Four Mile Bridge in the extended nine furlong Handicap, the last race on the card; first time pieces, first time on the Dunstall Park tapeta, a reduced trip and a dwindling mark could all be positives about a horse who is clearly capable of winning a race for his kind Owners (who have also been generously patient with Profound); and of landing the ew investments that have not quite worked out over the Summer (especially when he didn't seem to quite get home over twelve furlongs at Chepstow at the beginning of September); he goes to Wolverhampton with a competitive chance at the weights; he is a horse for whom working out the right trip has not been easy (a bit like Michael Stoute running the subsequent July Cup winner Adjal in the Derby) but his best run was over a mile at the turn of the year and he goes to Wolverhampton to reward everyone who have been so patient with him.