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George Margarson described PROTECTED GUEST as a “big baby” and a “horse for next year” after he had won in comfortable fashion at Yarmouth two starts, but he’s since followed up at the same track and a hat-trick looks a distinct possibility in today’s feature class 3 handicap over an extended 1m3f.
While he had the speed to win over a mile earlier in the season, he certainly wasn’t stopping at the finish over a similar trip to today’s last time and what was really impressive was the turn of foot he showed to put that race to bed in a matter of strides.
He’s gone up another 5lb for that but most of that is taken care of by the claim of his regular rider Jane Elliott, who clearly gets a good tune out him, and he is by far the most progressive runner in the field.
Simon Crisford is enjoying a good end to the season with seven of his 23 runners in the last fortnight finding the winners’ enclosure and his AWALII, who scored in decisive style at Kempton last month, looks the one to be on in the class 4 handicap.
The Dabirsim colt had shown a little promise on his first two starts, giving the impression he would be one for handicaps, and he’d clearly benefited from that experience at the Surrey venue as, having got into a good position early from his wide draw, he travelled powerfully into the lead to win going away.
That would also have done his confidence plenty of good and off what looks a fair opening mark of 83, he should take plenty of beating now switched to turf, with his breeding suggesting he can be just as effective on such a surface.
All odds were correct at time of posting.