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Dual Identity

Dual Identity did well to finish third in the Cambridgeshire last Saturday, racing towards the far side from his low draw. Nicely settled just behind the leaders in the group of eight runners who raced on the far side, he travelled well to the three-furlong marker, but by that stage the stands-side group had a significant advantage over the far-side group. Switched outside the far-side leader Protagonist on the run into the Dip, he got past Protagonist by the time they got to the furlong pole, and he probably hit the front overall, but he had nothing to race with over there, and he was run down close home by Majestic and Bell Rock, who both raced near side.

It was a fine effort by William Knight’s horse. In finishing third overall, he pulled five lengths clear of the next best horse who raced on the far side. He was the only horse who raced on the far side to finish in the first nine. He is not obviously unexposed, this was his 18th race, but he is still only four and he has made significant progress this season. His last three runs have been the best three runs of his career, taking him from a mark of 80 in July to his new mark of 95. That is just 4lb higher than the mark off which he raced in the Cambridgeshire, and that is a mark off which he will be of interest whenever he races next. He is entered in the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot on Champions’ Day, but he probably won’t get into that, you probably need to be rated in the 100s to get into it, but he will be of interest wherever he goes next, and he does have form on easy ground.
Newmarket, 24th September 2022