Brioni wins in style at Kempton, and we’re back there on Saturday with Tritonic

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April 4

Brioni did everything we hoped he would when making it third time lucky at Kempton on Wednesday, and he looks an interesting horse for this season, with Alan taking the view that he might be equally effective over 10 furlongs as he was when a start-to-finish winner in the mile maiden.

Alan said:”Brioni is a lovely colt and one I like an awful lot. Besides having plenty of ability, he has a wonderful temperament and that is why we haven’t gelded him. He handled the soft ground well at Sandown last season, but I was anxious not to start him back on turf on testing conditions, and the polytrack at Kempton looked the ideal place.”

Having made a fruitless trip to Musselburgh last week-end, Tritonic will now have a tilt at the once prestigious Queen’s Prize at Kempton on Saturday.

Tritonic has proved himself a versatile performer, winning seven races, three each on the Flat and over hurdles, plus one over fences. Despite his frustrations, Alan reports Tritonic none the worse for his long trip north of the border.

He said:”I’m a Scotsman and I don’t remember Musselburgh ever being waterlogged before, certainly not the Flat track. Tritonic travelled with the horses who were running on the all-weather finals card at Newcastle, so he stayed overnight at Sedgefield on Thursday and left Gosforth Park the following afternoon, getting to Musseburgh on Friday night.

“Unfortunately, it rained so heavily during the night that my travelling head lad rang me at 6.45am on Saturday to tell me that the meeting would not be on. You can’t be angry about it as it was nobody’s fault and was just one of those things. It was a huge day for Musselburgh and I felt very sorry for them.

“However, Tritonic arrived back at Barbury at 6pm on Saturday, and, having enjoyed a good winter break, he seems in fine form. He’s had a holiday since he ran over fences at Cheltenham in December, but he ran well on his one race on the all-weather at Chelmsford in 2021, and he is handily treated.”