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High Noon will have his fourth start of the campaign on Sunday afternoon at Market Rasen in the 0-110 handicap chase over two miles and one furlong with Billy Garritty once again in the saddle at High Noon was in sparkling form between January to March last season, winning at Musselburgh, and finishing second twice, before lock down brought a premature end to his season.

He reappeared at Market Rasen last December, and pulled up on his first start in nine months. He ran a lot better at Fontwell in February, finishing fourth, and not giving best until the last flight.His latest start was at Market Rasen 11 days ago over the extended two miles and five furlongs, where he may not have seen the trip out, and was beaten 28 lengths into fourth place. This step down to two miles and one furlong will provide a different test for him, on good ground that is being watered, he also remains 7lb above his last winning mark.

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Good luck to the connections, Nick Pietrzyk and Partner.

This piece first appeared on the website in April 2020. HIGH NOON 09 April 2012 Westerner-Seymourswift- Gelding Owner-Nick Pietrzyk and Partner.

It certainly makes the job a lot easier when you've got a willing partner, and it appears that our new acquisition High Noon enjoys his racing. He arrived at the yard in the Autumn of last year from Emma Lavelle's stable, where after a promising first run in a bumper, and a respectable debut over hurdles, he failed to show very much in six subsequent races, having been given a harsh looking mark of 115.

His first run for us was over an inadequate two miles in heavy ground at Hexham last November, where Alain Cawley pulled him up before jumping the eighth. He then ran in soft ground at Wetherby, fairing better but weakening and looking in need of the run. This was followed by a trip to Musselburgh on good ground over two and a half miles with Emma Smith-Chaston in the plate, conditions were perfect and he cruised home by six lengths. A return trip to Musslelburgh two weeks later over three miles, factored in with also being 10lb higher saw him finish a very creditable second, perhaps the trip may have stretched his stamina? His latest run at two miles and five furlongs at Market Rasen saw him once again finishing a gallant second, this time to the well handicapped Mistercobar.

If High Noon keeps on showing this level of consistency then there are plenty of memorable days to be had with him.

1Mariusz Żerucha

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