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Promoter did well to get as close as he did in the three-year-olds’ seven-and-a-half-furlong handicap at Chester on Wednesday that was won by Surely Not. He missed the break, he had to be ridden along by Rossa Ryan through the first furlong, which negated the advantage of his good draw in stall one. He was a little keen in behind horses then in an unpromising position, last of the seven runners and along the inside. Still last as they raced around the home turn as he came under a ride, he switched towards the inside with a furlong to run. It took him a little while to pick up as they leaders quickened, it never really looked like he was going to trouble the leaders, but he stayed on well through the final 150 yards to take fifth place, closest at the finish.

It all appeared to happen too quickly for Ralph Beckett’s horse, but there was a lot to like about the manner in which he stayed on late once he got into the straight and got rolling. A winner over seven furlongs on soft ground as a juvenile, he is a grandson of Oaks winner Look Here, and his dam won over a mile and six furlongs on soft ground. He is bred for further, and this performance suggests that he could do much better for a step up in trip. He may be at his best on easy ground, but the handicapper dropped him by 1lb for this run to a mark of 89, and he could leave that mark well behind if and when he steps up in trip.
Chester, 11th May 2023