"I wasn't sure whether he'd go on this deadish
ground, as he'd done all his winning on good ground, but he did it well and PJ gave him a lovely ride," said Harker of the former Mark Johnston inmate.
"London is dead to deadish
," said Pound when he abandoned the city in 1920.
He returned to Prestbury Park where he was sent off favourite for a Class 2 handicap over 2m, but he failed to act on the deadish
ground and after being niggled from some way out, finished just over two lengths behind O'Toolein fourth.
No need to win the league, simply make sure of a top four finish and attack the cups and accept a deadish
domestic season from Easter.
I didn't want to hit the front too soon, but he stayed the trip well in deadish
``If she's going to have a hard race, it might as well be over two miles in the Arkle rather than two miles and five furlongs in the Cathcart on what will probably be deadish
ground,'' said the owner.
However, O'Brien said: "It was deadish
ground and it is a good while since he ran at Royal Ascot.
"It would have to be soft at Cheltenham for him to run in the Arkle, but the two-mile-five-furlong trip in the Jewson on deadish
or slow ground would be good.
On livelier ground he would possibly find the pace a bit quick in a typical Grand National, but if it came up soft, or deadish
as on Sunday, he could give a good account of himself.
He surprised us when he won so well on deadish
ground at Cheltenham.
Proper animal this, particularly on deadish
The rider said: "It was deadish
ground and hard work for a bit, but he's done it well-I'm looking forward to riding him in the Gold Cup."