SOLARIO RACING’S Spring Romance ran out an easy winner at Wolverhampton under Jack Duern last night to the delight of the Solario Racing (Berkhamsted) syndicate.
The 3yo son of Zebedee was making his handicap and all-weather debut over 6f and was attempting to defy an absence of 191 days from the racecourse. While a little slowly away from the stalls in fifth place, “Neville” as he is affectionately known at home (nobody’s quite sure why!) was rousted along by stable apprentice Jack Duern and the pair took it up after a furlong.
Spring Romance was a little keen early on but soon settled and travelled well on the rail. Approaching the home turn the 9/1 shot had daylight between him and the field and he then skipped clear by around four lengths in the home straight. At the line, the winning margin was 3 3/4 lengths which was greeted with ecstatic delight by Solario Racing’s owners on the rail.
This was an impressive training performance by Dean Ivory with the horse having been off the course for over six months. Spring Romance had three runs last year, all at Windsor in novice and maiden company and while he has always showed ability at home, he was too weak to do himself justice at the races.
Gelded in the summer, he was turned out for over two months and given time to strengthen up. He came back in during late autumn and it was clear that physically “Neville” had filled out and was looking more like a racehorse.
He seems to have grown up mentally as well and that was evident yesterday, although there were still signs of greenness and he is far from the finished article. He is sure to get further than six furlongs but before any plans are made, we need to see what the handicapper does as he is likely to put him up a fair few pounds!
Congratulations to Solario Racing (Berkhamsted), some of whom partied on well into the night!