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Sayce Gold

Sayce Gold was impressive in winning the mares’ bumper at Fairyhouse on Tuesday. She was admittedly allowed an easy enough lead, but she couldn’t have been much more impressive than she was in winning. Chris O’Donovan quickly had his mare into a nice racing rhythm in front, and she picked up nicely when he gave her a squeeze as they raced to the home turn. The Mean Queen made progress into second place in the home straight, but it never looked like she was going to get close to Sayce Gold. Michael Winters’ mare just coasted from the two-furlong pole and won easily.

It looks like there is some solidity to the form too. Runner-up The Mean Queen, beaten five lengths, had won her only point-to-point and was strong in the market beforehand, while third placed Eyre Square, another three lengths back in third, had finished second in her only point-to-point, and the first three home – the first three in the market too – finished nicely clear of the rest of the field. A point-to-point winner herself, Sayce Gold had finished third behind subsequent Grade 2 bumper runner-up and maiden hurdle winner Carigeen Lotus and subsequent bumper winner The West Awaits in a mares’ bumper at Cork in January. This was her first run since, so there is every chance that she will come on for it, and she will be of interest wherever she goes next.

Fairyhouse, 10th November 2020, ©, 16th November 2020