The task for Lucky Double Eight was always going to be tough at Happy Valley on Wednesday night from a nasty draw, but Caspar Fownes' lightly raced four-year-old lost no admirers in finishing third and is worth following.

On paper, Lucky Double Eight's nine barrier looked awkward but it only became more awkward during the night as it became clear the surface was playing strongly to horses on the speed and closer to the rail and he was probably going to be neither of those.

The bias was plain to see as no matter how quickly the leaders went - and they got faster as the night went along - or how slowly the leader-to-leader finishing sections became, the lead horses were still there in the finish, whether they won or not.

But Lucky Double Eight had the added disadvantage of covering ground wide during the run, rarely a positive at the Valley and less so in the circumstances, before closing well for third to Perfect Finish.

We haven't seen the best of Lucky Double Eight yet but he has a profile to suggest he will be measuring up to the better ones of his age. He will handle a little further than the 1,200m over which he raced on Wednesday, but he can still win a sprint as he makes his way up the ratings.

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