BRITISH 2yo RACING 2008 - Horse Summary
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Duke Of Aquitaine  (CH C, Mar 16) [Picture]
P. F. I. Cole Meyrick DJ Lion HeartWaterwild (Pedigree)River Special 75000 [KES]

Racing Summary
21 Apr Paul Cole has made a good start to the 2008 turf season with all ages of runners and this has shown up in pre-race with his horses much more forward in coat condition, fitness & wellbeing than the average. He hasn't had a debut winner but 3 of his 4 newcomers have placed and the other ran a good race to get to 6th in the Brocklesby after entirely bungling the first half of the race. Duke Of Aquitaine is an expensive US purchase with a sprint pedigree. The trainer will mix in some less good types in his early runners and ran the limited Abfabfong (cost a comparable 55,000gns) on debut in this race last year. So, if he's any good he should compete well and place and if he's a no-good then Paddock Review is the answer. The 'Market' wont tell you because Abfabfong started 5/1 3rd favourite last year while the best later winners (from good 2yo stables) were 12/1 and 8/1.
23 Apr The runner to finish below his profile level was Paul Cole's Duke Of Aquitaine and, again, the reasons were obvious. The report that came back said he wasn't fit enough for the day and had "Mentally Immature" underlined. He wasn't ready enough to compete and since he was blundering around in 10th being driven along at halfway the reviewer wasn't wrong. Given what looked a solid time for the race and some solid horses in front of him he seemed to do quite well to get through to a moderate 5th. He made ground past the faders and garbage in mid-track which might have been a little disadvantageous as well.
  • So, a definite to win next time like a Northern Tour? The paddock review wasn't as positive about this one in physical terms as with Northern Tour. Somewhat narrow through the body, walk a little weak overall and so on. Enough to think he might be a 66-74er rather than better and would need to find a winnable race rather than being overpowering in his next maiden runs.
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    Run Rc # Date Course Dist Gng RcCls RcTyp SP Postn [Est] [Prf] RnSty RcPc Notes Hdgr
    134Apr 21WDSR5Gd5M3.35-112535 B10AvQInx DvOv, -5+1f, -7.5Hf, ProgCent-2f in
    285May 16NWBY6G4M123-132933 FMAvSFre & Hld, F1Hf, Hdd-2f, SFd-1f+
    3146Jun 2LEIC6GGS4M126-81136 .
    4238Jun 25KTNA7STD4M143-1229 .
    5324Jul 11NMKJ7GS2Nur209-10638 T3AvA7, -2.5+1f, -HfHf, QFd-2f
    6471Aug 6KTNA6STD4Nur77-81040 O1,
    7604Aug 29SALS8GF5Nur1211-13-6 .
    8801Sep 27GLGH6STD4Clm337-11-3 .
    9879Oct 8KTNA7STD6Clm5.56-13-2 .B
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    Duke Of Aquitaine:-  Pedigree Details
    DAM Name Previous Foals and their Racing Performances Foal Years General Notes
    Waterwild 3 previous foals.
    Half to :-
    • 6f 2-3yo Bedside Story (US)
    dam unp 6f 3yo (US)
    DAM =  

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