14 February 2018
SPRING ROMANCE has been raised a hefty 15 pounds by the handicapper for his impressive win last week at Wolverhampton and so has gone up from 45 to 58.
After the 3yo son of Zebedee trounced his rivals by three and three quarter lengths and more, there was little doubt the handicapper would take a dim view of his rating. While it is higher than connections would have wished for, one can see why he has taken such a hike.
“Neville” was always in the driving seat once hitting the front after a furlong and he was totally in command in the home straight, powering away and not stopping at the line. The runner-up Brockey Rise was running off a mark of 57 while the third horse, favourite, G Eye Joe was a further length back and he was racing off 61. In addition, Spring Romance was running a pound out of the handicap as it was a 46-60 handicap.
Connections never take warmly to their horses going up in the weights but Solario Racing’s owners are a philosophical bunch and some of the Berkhamsted syndicate were not wholly surprised. The good news is that it opens up more possibilities of him getting into races in future!
Spring Romance has come out of the race in good shape and he has always been a good doer. We will look at the racing calendar and see where he goes next. It was only his fourth ever run and his first as a 3yo after a 191-day lay-off, so there is no rush with the horse, especially with a long season ahead during which he will have the option of turf and all-weather races.
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