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Young Fire

Young Fire ran well for a long way in the one-mile handicap at York last Saturday. Second best of the two David O’Meara horses according to the betting, and weak in the market beforehand on ground that was probably faster than ideal, he travelled into his race well. One of the only horses still on the bridle as they passed the two-furlong marker, he picked up all right when Jason Hart asked him for his effort, but he couldn’t sustain his run, and he wasn’t helped by traffic. He just kept on through the final furlong to take fifth place behind Eilean Dubh.

The Fuisse gelding had caught the eye on his previous run too, in a seven-furlong handicap run on soft ground just a week previously at Haydock, when he stayed on well from the rear to take fourth place behind Tacarib Bay in a race in which the pace held up well. The first three home occupied three of the first four places from flagfall. He is not unexposed, he is seven now and he has raced 53 times, but there could be a good handicap in him now when he gets conditions in his favour. Soft ground is important to him, and ideally a fast pace over seven furlongs or a mile, and he goes particularly well at Haydock. His record there on soft or heavy ground reads 71114. He has run just three times this season, and he will be of interest when the ground eases again.
York, 9th July 2022