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Semblance Of Order

Semblance Of Order put up a fine performance to finish second in the three-year-olds’ seven-furlong median auction maiden at Cork on Saturday. Smartly away from his low draw, Andy Oliver’s horse led from early and he travelled well in front to the three-furlong marker. He came under a ride on the run to the two, but he found lots for pressure, he still led on the run to the furlong pole. In the end, he couldn’t withstand the challenge of the favourite Something Nice on the near side, but he kept on well to finish a clear second, over two lengths clear of Chiketto, who was in turn four and a half lengths clear of the rest of the field.

It was probably an advantage to race on the near side on the all-straight-track card at Cork on Saturday and, while Semblance Of Order was not flush against the far rail from start to finish, he was drawn low, and he had to race centre to far side early on, while the winner and the runner-up both raced towards the near side of him from early, from higher draws. He obviously didn’t win last season as a two-year-old, but he was only just beaten in a seven-furlong maiden at Leopardstown on good ground last August, and he finished second in a Down Royal maiden in September to Panic Alarm, who won the valuable Irish EBF Auction Series Final at Naas on his next run. Sixth behind Paddington in the Madrid Handicap on his debut this season off a mark of 81, he is down to a mark of 78 now, and he would be of interest in a handicap now off that mark.
Cork, 8th April 2023