Pioneer to gain handsome compensation
Whichever way this afternoon's featured Centenary Vase is looked at, it is hard to get away from the gut impression left by quality English import Industrial Pioneer when he was such a desperately unlucky third last time out.
He was beaten three-quaters of a length by the John Moore-trained, John Egan-ridden improver Monards, but with a clear run at them from the 300-metre marker the impression was that he would have won going away by two lengths.
Make no mistake, today's task is a good deal tougher as the son of Namaqualand has been raised four pounds in the ratings and is also running from two pounds out of the handicap, so he is effectively running from a six pounds higher mark.
But he looks well up to the rise in the ratings in this disappointingly small field of just seven runners for such a valuable prize.
For one thing he was an extremely talented handicapper in England, winning the John Smith's Cap at York, which is alsays one of the toughest 2,000-metre handecaps of the season. Egan, who replaces Gerald Mosse this agternoon as the Frenchman can't do the 113 pounds, knows all about Industrial Pioneer's quality and his ability to finish off his races as he was a shout-head second to him in the John Smith's Cup.
What's more, Industrial Pioneer appears to have thrived since that third to Monards and High Spirits, where the first three home dominated the rest of their rivals - usually a sign pof strong form. That came over 1,800 metres and, given Industrial Pioneer's English form and the way he finished off his race last time, he is almost cartain to improve again just for the more up in distance.
He also seems to have struck a thin contest in which not many of the eight runners can be given a serious chance.
Indigenous, the former star stayer, has been running creditably in strong contests and has to be respected. Lord Of Warriors looks best of the others as Glyndebourne, despite being placed in the Irish Derby, makes little appeal just yet as he has been such a sluggish worker. If there was rain around then things would be different as he looks a typical Sadler's Wells wet-track stayer but for the moment a watching brief is advised.