But there was no need to worry about the surface, the six-year-old embracing the conditions to take an early lead and hang on in outstanding fashion to win by a length, with Tommy Berry aboard.
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“I think so (he'll spell). I'll talk to the connections and we'll work out where we go with him now, but with the performance he put in today he deserves to be set for something nice in the spring now.”
Neasham was delighted to pick up her star six-year-old from Ireland.
“I spoke to Richard Ryan who very kindly sent me the horse on behalf of Teme Valley. He does a great job, and obviously I was very excited when he sent him over here,” she said.
“I rang Richard earlier in the week and I said ‘how do you think he'll go on a good track?' Because he's got good form on good tracks in a couple of runs.
“He said he'll go well. He was just unsure if it was going to be firm. And I said, well it'll be firm here compared to what he's seen in Ireland.
“He relished it and it was a superb ride but Tommy – he just took the race by the scruff of the neck.”