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A shame that Simonsig joins Un Des Sceaux, Sprinter Sacre and Dodging Bullets in missing the Tingle Creek, for the race in general of course but also as I was pretty keen on Sire De Grugy each-way with the dead eight but obviously not so much now. But it’s still a very good race. For whatever reason I’ve only attended the Tingle Creek twice, when Sound Man and Twist Magic won it, and this year I’ll be sitting in a bar in the Costa Blanca watching the action unfold during a long weekend where I’ll be getting in the final few rays of sunshine until after Cheltenham and one last throw of the golf clubs before they are locked away in the garage.
A horse to note for its next few starts is Harvey Logan who finished second in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse last weekend. Barry Geraghty would be in my top three jockeys but this wasn’t his finest hour on the Noel Meade-trained six-year-old looking to be going best turning for home and holding onto him until two other strong travellers on his outside then got first got run heading to the final flight which Harvey Logan got all wrong losing ground and momentum. In the circumstances, he did very well to almost get up on the line under strong urgings from his jockey. Had Geraghty pressed the button after two out then this race would have been all over. The Irish broadcasters were very polite afterwards in agreeing with me so I hope that he will missed next time, but then again maybe not having been a big eye-catcher in the J P McManus silks. Rated only 116 for that start, he will be very interesting in a big handicap later this season if he rises through the ranks.