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Triple Aspect

Triple Aspect put in a really good performance when winning on his seasonal debut in a Listed race at Windsor last Monday. The pace was slow through the first half of the race and the four-year-old took a keen hold, held up in behind the leaders. Despite that, he quickened up really nicely when the pace increased dramatically at the two furlong pole to catch and pass Tax Free and hold of the late challenges of Sir Gerry and Edge Closer.

Triple Aspect did well to win here, it was his seasonal debut, there was no pace and he raced freely throughout but was still able to produce a nice turn of foot to win a shade comfortably in the end. He was backed down to 13/8 favourite on the day, but William Haggas said both before and after the race that he would come on significantly for this it. In his two seasons racing to date, in nine runs, Triple Aspect has only finished outside the top two once and never out of the first four, and his last seven runs have now been at listed or Group 3 level.

A son of Danetime, his pedigree is all sprinting, he is also a half-brother to French Listed winner Wonderfilly and he looks to have developed again from three to four, like a lot of sprinters do, judged on this run. His trainer is adamant he needs good ground and has nominated both the King’s Stand and Golden Jubilee as realistic targets. The balance of his form suggests that he is at his best over six furlongs or a stiff five, like Sandown’s, but he is progressive and he is potentially a high class sprinter. He has form at Ascot, he was beaten just a head by Royal Rock in a Group 3 race there in October, and he wouldn’t have to improve a lot now to have a real chance of landing one of the Group 1 Royal Ascot sprints. He probably has a better chance in the Golden Jubilee over six furlongs than in the King’s Stand over five, and it might make sense to keep him fresh for that instead of trying him in both.

24th May 2010