He did do better front-running last time, but that was over 2m5f as opposed to today’s extended 3m.
I took today’s tactics to be either a tacit admission that connections are still worried he’d not stay that far from the very front, or else a conscious decision to avoid getting involved in a destructive early battle with confirmed trailblazer Ashgreen (notwithstanding that one was ultimately headed as early as the fourth fence in practice).
I’d certainly prefer a return to the trip and tactics of his last run when we see him next.
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Maybe I should have said ‘puzzling choice of race’?
It was actually a step up in trip but still short of three miles. The horse has proved to be a huge disappointment when held up so given the improvement last time it still seems either strange/poor planning not to find a contest where he could employ similar tactics. Any confidence derived from the win has probably gone west.