LATE DATE TO REVERT TO HURDLES.
LATE DATE. 13 April 2011 Oscar-Regents Ballerina Owner-County Set Six & Partner.
Late Date has now dropped to a very attractive mark of 91, which is 11lb below his last winning mark, but of course there is a very good reason for that. Since the piece below was written he has raced on six occasions, pulling up on his last five starts.On Sunday at Perth in the 3.25.pm, over three miles, he returns to hurdles for the first time in over three years in an attempt to rekindle his old form, with Alain Cawley in the saddle. Late Date was a course and distance winner back in April 2017 over hurdles, and he loves soft ground, so more rain wouldn't go amiss.
Late Date is an out and out stayer who loves Sedgefield racecourse, and soft ground. He ran in two Irish Points before joining us, winning on the second occasion. We gave him three runs over two, to two and a half miles in novice hurdles, for which the handicapper gave him a mark of 91. His next run was his first in a handicap over two miles and six furlongs at Kelso under Fin O'Toole, and he finished a very respectable second of fourteen. He returned to the Scottish track in April, once again finishing second, before a third placing at Newcastle, then getting off the mark at Perth over three miles.
Unfortunately it is the fate of many jumpers to suffer injury at sometime in their career, and Late Date would only see the racecourse once more in the next 18 months.On his return he was sent straight over fences, and on his second start began his love affair with Sedgefield, winning over the extended three miles and two furlongs.He seems to reserve his best form for the County Durham track, as he has run there six times, and won three of them.
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Good luck to the connections, County Set Six & Partner.