Second box is probably the loneliest place on a racecourse. After 19 seconds so far this season, Duncan was pulling out what little hair he has left. But the wheel turned at Greyville on Friday night with a double and a second all three owned by stalwart supporter Dave MacLean.
Drageda had promised much but delivered below what was expected of him early in his career but as Duncan said, the yard may have been getting ahead of themselves. He won well on Friday and is probably only now beginning to show what was expected of him. When Marl Khan asked the question at the top of the straight he quickened away from his rivals. Khan possibly made his move a little early as the opposition closed menacingly over the final 100m with Drageda a little one-paced but he stuck to his task like a good horse.
Brighteyebushytail looked headed for the starts early in his career but he was one of the runners most affected by the virus that laid the stable low. He was a very sick horse six months ago, said Duncan. It was fifty, fifty if he would ever see a race course again.
But Dave Maclean is nothing if not patient and lets Duncan do what he does best. Brighteyebushytail won well. He quickened up from a long way back and did not hesitate when forced through a closing gap. This win was easier than it looked and Brighteye looks to have a future. Stable companion Who Says was squeezed out of the gap by Brighteye but was running on strongly for second. There is not a better-looking horse racing than Who Says and this was a really smart effort. Good luck to Dave and hopefully the stable can dodge the second box in the coming months.