Gavi di Gavi finally shows he’s no morning glory

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September 12

Gavi di Gavi had twice made the frame this year and though he had also twice finished plum last, Alan was not totally surprised when he finally came good at Kempton last night.

“He is a superb lead horse, but he had never reproduced that early morning form on the racecourse – until now,” smiled Alan as he watched the replay of Nicola Currie coming from last to first on the Sunbury track to win going away.

To be fair, Gavi di Gavi had been given a bit of a chance by the handicapper, being dropped 3lb since disappointing at Doncaster last time, and clearly those Barbury work-watchers who had been impressed with his breakfast-time exercise on the gallops, put on their betting boots as he was backed from 33-1 to 7-1.

We have a rare Saturday off this week-end, but we have two runners on Friday, newcomer Chinese Whisper, who carries the hopes of the Barbury Lions (5), the syndicate who are still buzzing after their brilliant run with the promising Trueshan at Haydock last Saturday, and Her Indoors.

Chinese Whisper, a Poet’s Voice Breeze-Up purchase, makes his debut at Sandown, while Her Indoors, who ran a cracker first time out at Lingfield, staying on strongly up the straight to finish second after running green early on, tries to go one better at Salisbury.

Alan’s Cesarewitch entries, Who Dares Wins and Coeur de Lion, were both in action at second lot yesterday, while Scarlet Dragon, who found the ground too firm at York last week, also looked in fine fettle as he breezed up the all-weather. He is pencilled in for Newbury a week tomorrow.

However, Alan warned that Who Dares Wins is not a certain runner at Newmarket, explaining:”He won’t be running anywhere where it is firm, and it was definitely riding very fast at HQ at the last meeting, so we are thinking about a tilt at the Group 1 Prix du Cadran at Longchamp’s Arc meeting, which is a week before the Cesarewitch. Who Dares Wins might well get his ground in France.”