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We were all reminded of the merits of Havana Gold as a sire of sprinters when Havana Grey won a diluted Group One at Irish Champions Weekend. With the likes of Headway, Raid and Treasuring, too, it is clear that six-furlong sprinters are his forte. Gold Arrow is not of their class, but she turned over a smart odds-on favourite last time at Brighton and should improve from that. Was 9-2 on Sunday afternoon, but she should be favourite in my book.
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I know he isn’t straightforward and is getting on as a nine-year-old but I have to chance him off this mark, with what looks a fair 5lb claimer again lessening the burden.
Major Pusey had come down 8lb in the weights since the turn of the year before his second over 5f in the soft at Haydock last time, so a 2lb rise for that improved effort doesn’t bother me at all.
The fact we haven’t seen him since the end of July is a concern, as he has tended to need the run after a break, but the testing ground here isn’t. His form figures on heavy read 21, and he is 652283252 on soft.
This course has been the trainer’s happiest hunting ground over the years, so let’s hope the filly is another Kempton winner for him.