A well-beaten fourth on his debut and blinkered
Produced an improved performance when blinkered
for the first time at Bath on Thursday and is expected to go close here if repeating that effort.
A colleague, who has laid Intersky Falcon on the exchanges, suggested that blinkered runners have a staggeringly bad record, especially in championship hurdles.
Interestingly, the last-named pair were both trained by Martin Pipe, who has also had success with the blinkered Or Royal and Challenger du Luc.
TRAINERS will continue to be able to fit their horses with headgear in the Martell Grand National, despite the pile-up caused by the blinkered
Paddy's Return last year.
The part played by the blinkered
Paddy's Return in the Canal Turn pile-up, and the fact that Edmond, also fitted with the headgear, impeded Blowing Wind and Papillon, is to be highlighted by the RSPCA.
Besides Escartefigue, trainer Paul Nicholls is represented by the novice Arlas, who is also blinkered
, while Alan King relies on Spendid and Mulligan.
This research has now become common knowledge, so 'blinkered
first time' is now generally regarded as a negative by the people who shape the betting markets.
The Risk Me gelding, unable to challenge when blinkered
for the first time at York last week, proved too strong for Fallachan under Willie Ryan and may be rested in the autumn with a possible tilt at next year's Lincoln the long-term plan if the ground is fast.