Private Eye chasing rare autumn win in All Aged Stakes

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-based trainer Joe Pride is eyeing a breakthrough for stable star , who has yet to secure a win during the autumn in the last three seasons.

With Saturday's All Aged Stakes (1400m) on the horizon, Pride is optimistic about changing this trend for the victor.

“If he doesn't win this autumn, it will be four autumns in a row that he hasn't won a race,” noted Pride, acknowledging the challenge.

“He's a bit hard to place and he gets a lot of wet tracks, which has contributed, but then in the winter he's good. He likes the spring, he likes the winter, but the autumn has been a tricky time for him.”

Despite a promising second-place finish in the Group 1 Stakes (1000m) as his first-up performance, the six-year-old gelding has since less favourable results, finishing sixth in the Group 2 (1000m) and 11th in The (1100m).

Private Eye missed the (1200m) but showcased his potential in a recent barrier trial at Farm, where he triumphed by 1.7 lengths with James McDonald aboard.

“James was very impressed with him when he trialled him on Friday and had a fair bit of confidence in the horse,” Pride revealed.

“I . I like the fact he has had a sit on him, and he takes that confidence into the race because Private Eye at his best, he would beat those horses.”

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