It’s that time of year when four-year-olds, and those about to turn four in a couple of weeks, start to show what they’re made of and there were a couple worth following behind Jolly Jolly on Saturday.
One was the fast-finishing one and a quarter length second Bring It On but the less obvious one was the John Moore-trained Agree, who finished about the same margin further back in sixth.
Agree may be the better horse going forward as he looked well short of peak fitness and still managed to finish only two and a half lengths from the winner.
In England, Agree won two of his three starts earlier this year at less fashionable tracks like Pontefract and Haydock but Moore has shopped well in the past away from the glitter of Newmarket or Ascot.
On Saturday, there was plenty to like about Agree’s run as he showed tactical speed to trail the leading horses to the home straight then kept on rather than quickened as his fitness ran out.
To finish that close with so much improvement to come augurs well for his future as Moore gets the work and racing into him.
Agree was only tried at 1,200m in Britain but Saturday’s 1,400m performance suggested that distance certainly won’t have any fears for him as he tightens up.
Bring It On has yet to finish first in a race anywhere as he arrived with two solid seconds from Ireland and all three runs here have been sound enough.
On the negative side, the Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained galloper has missed the jump at all three runs too but, after finding it hard to get into the finish of two 1,200m assignments, the extra 200m allowed him to get into the quinella spot late on the weekend.
He shapes like he will be better suited by at least 1,600m – the distance of his two starts in Ireland - and probably further than that, so connections may have Derby ambitions with him. Whether that happens or not, Bring It On should be able to pick up a Class Three in the coming weeks.