Asymmetric rattles the crossbar in G2 July Stakes at Newmarket

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July 8

Asymmetric, described by Alan as “the sharpest two-year-old we have had at Barbury”, failed by only a head to catch Lusail in the G2 July Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, the colt’s first tilt at Pattern race company.

Held up at the rear of the field by Martin Harley, Asymmetric did not enjoy the clearest of passage when asked to close up on the leaders, but he was whittling down the deficit at the line, leaving Alan delighted.

Alan said:”Asymmetric has won his two previous races, but this was a big step up in class and he has proved his worth in this higher grade.

“He is a lovely colt and has run a huge race. Martin always felt that he would be even better on quicker ground, but we also know that Asymmetric goes in the soft and slower going, which is a big plus.”

When asked what future plans he has for Asymmetric, Alan replied:”We put him in the Gimcrack the other day, and York would definitely be a possible.

“Asymmetric has plenty of pace, as you would expect from a Showcasing, and I would think we would stick at six furlongs, though he is so relaxed with a tremendous temperament that he might well get further if we decided to go further.”

This has been another good week for Barbury. At the age of eight, Dino Velvet made a winning chasing debut at Uttoxeter, while Alan’s teenage daughter, Georgia, celebrated her third win on Gavi di Gavi when springing a 20-1 surprise at Kempton.

Relishing being back on the all-weather – all his five wins have been on an artificial surface – Gavi di Gavi is destined for a hike in the weights when the new ratings are released next Tuesday, but he has done Georgia proud.

We have two runners at Newbury tonight and another brace on Saturday, one at Ascot and the other at Newmarket.

Duke of Condicote, who is action at Headquarters, has only won once in 13 races, but on eight other occasions he has finished in the frame, so he has done his owners proud. Runner-up at Doncaster, Duke of Condicote again found one too good at Newbury last time, having come there to win his race, so connections hope that first time blinkers might work the oracle.

Just In Time showed much of his old fire when finishing second in a first time visor at Salisbury last month, so he, too, should be competitive at Ascot.