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Dragon Symbol

The Flying Five was all about Highfield Princess, she was brilliant again, demonstrating her speed and her talent as well as her versatility, but the performance that Dragon Symbol put up in finishing fifth behind her from his low draw may have gone a little under the radar.  Roger Varian’s horse was well back in the field early on, he was only 12th or 13th racing towards the two-furlong marker, and he was out on the right wing, furthest from the stands rail.  He came under a ride from Shane Foley inside the two-furlong pole, but, as Highfield Princess went clear and moved over towards the stands side, he kept on well on the far side to finish fifth.  He was well beaten by the winner, but he was beaten less than two lengths for the runner-up spot, and he did best by far of the low-drawn horses who raced on the far side.

First past the post in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last year as a three-year-old, the Cable Bay colt has won just once this season, a conditions race at Hamilton in July for which he was sent off at 1/2, but this run proved that he is in good form as we move into the autumn.  He obviously goes well at Ascot, and he is at least as effective over six furlongs as he is over five, so he will be of interest if he takes up in entry in the British Champions Sprint Stakes on Champions’ Day at Ascot next month.
The Curragh, 11th September 2022