Outlaw Tom is entered in the 2.35 at Perth on Friday 27th April, the Highland National. It’s a 0-125 handicap chase over 3m 7f and is due to be televised by Channel 4.
Paul Brierley reports that Outlaw Tom is 70/30 to run. The course is not ideal, though the gelding has run well there in the past, but going is like to be nice and soft, the distance is right and the prize money is decent. Principal consideration over Tom’s participation concerns riding arrangements with Campbell Gillies having a choice of Outlaw Tom or Vamizi. Peter Buchanan may be available to take the ride, but the stable have entries at Punchestown. As Outlaw Tom is not a straightforward character the feeling is that Campbell or Peter should ride so decisions to be made on that front.
The Highland National is one of my favourite races so I shall definitely be at Perth and it will nice if we have runner.
Returned OK after his mishap three out. I thought to start with he’d fallen, but on the replay I saw it was tired blunder and an unseat. In retrospect everyone’s eyes lit up with the chance of third place, and in the clear light of day connections and jockey would probably agree that Tom should have pulled up.
All horses and jockeys returned OK. We watched them all come in as Outlaw Tom was walked back.
The track was too sharp and Tom could never the pace of the main group veven in the sticky ground. I suspect he will now be kept to the stiffer tracks, such as Hexham, Carlisle and Newcastle where his staying power can conquer those with greater basic speed. I’m sure an uphill finish is more a key than cut in the ground.