Trac had signalled at Newcastle last time that his turn may not have been two far away when finishing an eye catching seventh, and with conditions in his favour, and from a 5lb lower mark, over the extra three and a half furlongs, this mud lark stayed on strongly for a one and a half lengths success under a well timed confident ride from Alain Cawley at Wetherby on Wednesday afternoon.
Trac arrived at Oakwood Stables in the autumn of last year, arriving with a hefty looking mark of 103, which over the course of his first five starts with us has seen it drop to just 78. His low mark, and the heavy ground are the key factors, and as soon as he gets his ground again, a repeat could well be on the cards.
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The following was written prior to Trac racing for us.
TRAC. 02 February 2017. Kingsalsa-Belobaka. Owner-Randall Orchard & Partners.
They certainly start them early in France, Trac is only a four year old but has already run in six chases, finishing third on two occasions, his other seven starts to date have all been over hurdles, where he has a second place finish to his name. Trac is by Kingsala a very good source of dual purpose performers, who in his racing days was twice a Group 1 runner up, and a Group 3 winner at four. His dam finished down the field on all her three starts on the flat, her only other racecourse representative is the two times flat winner Dima, who recorded a RPR of 96.
Trac took his time to come to himself, finishing well down the field on each of his three runs over hurdles as a three year old in 2020. His chase debut also as a three year old in December at Cagnes-Sur-Mer, was also a no show. He then ran in two four year old hurdles in January and February 2021 with no hint of promise, but in March at Fontainebleau he was much improved when finishing runner up over hurdles in very soft ground over two miles and two furlongs. He was turned out quickly nine days later in Listed company at Auteuil but he pulled up. He was out again 13 days later at Fontainebleau for his second race over fences where he finished third, five and a quarter lengths off the winner. Back at the same venue only eight days later he once again filled the third spot. It was only another 12 days until we saw him again, this time back in better company at Auteuil, where he finished a respectable fifth, beaten by 17 lengths. He raced twice more for the yard of F.M.Cottin, back at Auteuil a month later he was fourth, beaten by 30 lengths, which was followed by a trip to Compiegne at the beginning of June, where after racing prominently he kept on at one pace for a four lengths fourth finish. TO BE CONTINUED.