The Pastoral Pursuits gelding was fancied to run a big race at Newcastle last time over seven furlongs, but found the stop-start nature of the pace in that race unsuitable with the front-running Gentleman clinging on to score from the front.
Hopefully, there will be a truer and more even gallop today and the northern raider can register his second course and distance victory and a first since April last year.
Bobby Joe Leg 2pts win
Christian Williams is a trainer to keep on side moving forwards as the former jump jockey has already proved he is adept at finding the right opportunities for horses with a limited profile.
The Welsh handler has 25 horses in training, 23 of them rated less than 105 which ensures he must navigate and plot his way around the programme book diligently and with creativity.
Williams has clearly indentified today’s Fakenham meeting as he boasts five solid chances throughout the card with flag-bearer Uno Mas and PRIMAL FOCUS (Fakenham, 4.15) also catching the eye along with FIFTY SHADES (Fakenham, 2.40) who returns to the track quickly following a slightly unfortunate defeat sustained at Catterick last week.
The last-named should arguably have won that day, but this event offers a marvellous opportunity to gain compensation, even if stablemate Conas Taoi, a winner that day in north Yorkshire, looks the chief rival.
Primal Focus caught my eye at Ludlow when I was there a fortnight ago as he didn’t appear to quite get home over three miles in that very strongly-run affair.
The handicapper has appeared to be very generous dropping him 4lbs for that defeat which enables him to run in this 0-100 off top weight. Hopefully, he can make the assessor pay for that gesture.
Fifty Shades 2pts win
Primal Focus 2pts win
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