The four-year-old sprinter should appreciate dropping back in distance after losing his place close home over an extra furlong here on his latest start. James Doyle gave backers a master class in big-race riding when steering Ballet Concerto to victory in Saturday’s big betting handicap, the John Smith’s Cup.
Showing courage and sound decision-making, Doyle’s winning ride was a joy to watch. At the other end of the scale, Pat Cosgrave gave the well-backed Victory Bond absolutely no chance of winning by placing his mount poorly in rear. To make matters worse, Mistiroc, in the next stall to Victory Bond, took a more prominent position and finished a fine third while UAE Prince also tracked the leaders and finished fourth from stall 20.
Victory Bond received a fifth-rate ride from Cosgrave and anyone who backed this horse deserved better. Thankfully, those jockeys on the first four home showed there are some riders out there who possess tactical sense and the skills to get the best from their mount in a big betting race.