Highway One O Two didn’t manage to win in bumpers but still showed fairly useful form, and made no mistake when making a winning start over hurdles in a novice over C&D last month. Admittedly, that wasn’t the strongest race of its type, but it was hard not to be impressed by the manner in which he got the job done, leading on the bridle soon after three out and quickening clear in the home straight to score by 19 lengths. He has a penalty to shoulder now, but there should be even more to come from him, and he is fully expected to follow up.
Moroder showed the benefit of his initial experience when opening his account at the second attempt in bumpers on his final start last season, and he made a most encouraging start to his life over hurdles when third in a novice at Exeter in November.
That was his first start for eight months, and showed plenty to work on, not fluent four out but staying on gradually after. He shaped as though he would have no problem staying three miles there, but he should be ok kept to this trip for now, and this race doesn’t look as strong, so a big run is expected.
There looks to be a fair bit of depth to this handicap, but Ede’iffs Elton is one of the least exposed in the field, and there is reason to think he will be capable of better now handicapping. Indeed, the handicapper has taken no chances with his opening mark, but three quick runs in novice company is unlikely to have got to the bottom of him, and his in-form yard enjoy plenty of success at this track.
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