Pearl Secret is expected to go for the Nunthorpe Stakes at York, in August, following his victory at Sandown, on Saturday, in the Scurry Stakes.
David Barron’s three-year old maintained his unbeaten record, but was made to work for his latest victory, when he finished just a neck ahead of Free Zone, after going off the 1/3 favourite.
Richard Hughes was patient with his ride, and asked his mount to pick up two furlongs from home to deny Free zone, who had committed much sooner, under Tom Eaves.
Although it was only a narrow margin, Pearl Secret was handed an unfavourable wide draw, but he seemed to handle the testing conditions at the Surrey track; connections were left pleased with his performance, following the step up in class.
The colt has already won twice at York, and seemed to enjoy the racecourse on both of his previous appearances, so a big run would be expected once again.
The Nunthorpe would be Pearl Secret’s first attempt at a Group One, and Barron will be hoping he can give him another victory in the five furlong sprint on the Knavesmire, after Coastal Bluff’s success in 1997.
He did, though, have to share the price, 15 years ago, because his runner dead-heated with Ya Malak, when the judge could not spate the two horses, following the 5f sprint.
Last year, it was another exciting three-year old who scooped the race, when Margot Did gave Hayley Turner her second Group One triumph of her career. It came just weeks after she had broken her maiden with Dream Ahead, in the July Cup at Newmarket, in what was a fantastic season for the female rider.
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