||Imperial Skylight - trainer
ran two in the same race last year including this one's half brother. That
one won a claimer next time and was allowed to leave the stables. The previous
foal has a few more runs for Channon and the owner-breeder before being
claimed. By a first season sire who Channon trained and stands at his Norman
Court stud. No reason on pedigree to expect other than another claimer
type being got out early to try to get some sort of win for 'his' sire.
Trainer doesn't wind 2yos up for debut and the three
to run so far have confirmed that nothing has changed. Ought to be a midfield
debut in a race which wouldn't be weak enough for one of his better early
debuts to sneak a win in.
||Mick Channon ran the below average Alfredtheordinary
in the race last year who finished in the ruck. Imperial Skylight
is a different type having already had a run and showing up well in an
odd race at Kempton. He set a strong pace with the winner and was easily
outpaced by that runner in the straight. As the winner faded badly late
on he plugged on with the closers to be involved in a 6 way photo. The
close up 6th has won a poor race at Lingfield and the 4th been placed in
a slightly stronger on at the same course. On the plus side he ran well
at Kempton given his inexperience and behaviour in the preliminaries. He
should improve to set a reasonable standard but it's an indication of the
lack of a strong, all-round positive profile contender, that he sits on
top of the profile. You can see him placing but instinctively think something
will be a bit better.
||While you can get a handle on the ability of many horses
from a single viewing seeing them again is always useful. One of the things
that makes more difference than you like to think is the context of the
other horses in the race. Imperial Skylight, going back to that
Kempton race, looked an ok size in that group of smaller ones but in this
better field at Bath his deficiencies were more obvious to see. Just a
medium size in the group and much more lightly made and narrow than a number
This lack of build, and therefore motive power, means he will lack pace
somewhere and it showed in the race. Hs used his experience to get a comfortable
spot behind the leaders and just an average pace. After his front-running
at Kempton part of the day was presumably to get him to settle in the race.
But when the front two and April Pride from just behind him made their
later race moves he was left behind. He plugged on in fourth and this lack
of an ability to up the pace seems a worry for what to do with him. Let's
hope he doesn't end up all 'Shatter Resistant'. Wouldn't be a surprise
to see him dropped to a claimer along the way.