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Tosen Wish

Tosen Wish stayed on well to take fifth place in the Mallow Handicap at Cork last Friday. Weak in the market beforehand, he was steadied from the gate by Cian McRedmond. A detached last of the 19 runners with a half a mile to run, he came under a ride on the near side on the run to the two-furlong marker. Hard driven on the run to the furlong pole, he switched to the far side and stayed on strongly through traffic. It never looked like he was going to get there, but he kept on best of all to take fifth place, just three lengths behind the winner Earls, and beaten just a head for fourth.

It was a really encouraging run from the New Bay colt on his first run for Ado McGuinness. Winner of his maiden as a juvenile over seven furlongs when he was with Takashi Kodama, he was off the track for 15 months after that, before making his debut for Joseph O’Brien in a seven-furlong handicap at Dundalk in February, which he duly won easily off a mark of 82. A 7lb hike was not overly harsh, and, sold for €100,000 at Goffs in February, he proved here that he was more than capable of his new mark of 89 for his new connections. He does go well on this soft ground, but his Dundalk win suggests that he is versatile in terms of underfoot conditions. There is plenty of speed in his family, his dam won over five furlongs, but he is by New Bay, and he shaped here as if he would appreciate a step up to a mile. He has raced just four times, and he is an exciting recruit for Ado McGuinness.
Cork 5th May 2023