Horses can be difficult to fathom, the worst being what is know in the trade as morning glories horses that show any amount of ability on the training track but run below expectations when in a race proper.
First race winner Candy Apple was a recent example until yesterday. The stipendiary stewards had him tagged after a particularly disappointing second start but Duncan had always rated the colt and was equally puzzled when Candy Apple trailed home, beaten seven lengths.
Given that showing he was relatively easy to back yesterday but after tucking him in behind early, Bernard Faydeherbe switched the colt clear and let him loose two furlongs out; the race over in a matter of strides. It was a cracking performance and one that has him up for consideration for the Gr1 Gold Medallion come the end of the month. Good luck to Dave MacLean who hopefully has another good one on his hands.