1.15 Warwick – Sky Pirate – WON 6/4

Really surprised to see Sky Pirate available at Odds Against today, so we feel we have to advise him as a bet. A hugely talented horse, he’d always been considered one that hadn’t delivered on what he promised, as he travels through his races supremely well, but wasn’t finishing off his races. He’d always been racing over 2 ½ or 3 miles, until last time when dropped two miles. That was clearly the trick, as he travelled superbly well again, and when asked for his effort breezed away from Ibleo, who then won next time. The authority he showed that day was more than the 11lb rise in the weights, and it would be a surprise to see him beaten here. We did assume he’d be saved for the Grand Annual at the Festival, but connections are clearly not tunnel vision focused on Cheltenham and keen to pick up races where they can; which is a good thing to see in all honesty, so we hope it pays off.

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