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Sea King

Sea King only finished seventh in the one-mile-six-furlong three-year-olds’ handicap at Haydock on Saturday, but he is better than that. He was keen early on along the inside, he was still keen as they raced to the end of the back straight, but he travelled well into the home straight and he moved to the front on the run to the two-furlong pole. It was always likely that his early exertions would catch up with him though, and that duly happened. He came under a ride inside the two-furlong marker as Giavellotto came past, and he weakened from there. He faded to finish seventh, beaten a total of seven lengths by the winner Nathanael Greene.

This was Sea King’s second run of the season, his first since he landed odds of 4/6 at Doncaster on his seasonal debut in April, and just the sixth of his career. Also, he was stepping up to a mile and six furlongs for the first time, and he was racing on soft ground for the first time, and that, combined with how keen he was early on, made it all very difficult for him. Sir Mark Prescott’s horse should be seen to better effect now on better ground, and maybe dropped back down in trip, and not as keen as he was here. He had won two of his previous five races, and there could be much more to come from him. He holds an entry in a listed race over 11 furlongs at Hamilton on Friday, and he will be of interest if he lines up in that.
Haydock, 2nd July 2022