First day of school is how a debut run can be explained as. It is a totally new experience and can throw up all sorts of performances. Romantic Vision didn’t get the ideal first run, after doing things wrong and racing too keenly, he then got tightened up for room when trying to make headway. Finishing down the field it was obvious he would improve for the race experience and he certainly went and did that when winning the 5f Oops A Daisy Florists Median Auction Stakes at Catterick on his second run.
The Dandy Man colt was a breeze up purchase and would don the silks of owner Roger Peel and Clipper Logistics. Having enjoyed success earlier in the season with Queen Jojo the partnership were looking for similar with Romantic Vision. Despite being well prepped for the breeze, Kevin always likes to give them a short break before bringing them into the yard so Romantic Vision wouldn’t see the racecourse until the beginning of August. Having made his debut Kevin was immediately looking to get him back out on the track and thanks to his sales price, Romantic Vision could head to Catterick looking to show his true colours.
Only 7 runners were declared for the 5f contest and it didn’t look the strongest race on paper. Ellenor Gray was the most experienced runner and brought a handicap mark of 70 to the table so it was clear what level Romantic Vision would need to run to to be in with a chance of winning. The colt looked the most likely improver in the field and unless there was a decent newcomer punters felt he was the best chance of a winner, sending Romantic Vision off as the 5/4 fav.
Danny Tudhope took the ride, as retained jockey for Clipper Logistics, and was keen to utilise Romantic Vision’s experience. Better and faster away than on debut, Romantic Vision was straight up with the pace and pressed for the lead immediately. That leader was Ellenor Gray who was making the most of her plum draw in 1. Chased by Romantic Vision and Astrozone this trio were really putting to each other and immediately took control of the race. Even after just a furlong they had a break on the rest and it wouldn’t take long before they had some of the rivals hard at it.
The pace was frantic and the trio up front were soon baring down on halfway. Romantic Vision had travelled well into the race and comfortably managed to sit on the pace. There really wasn’t any hiding place and before you knew it the race developed into the business end. Ellenor Gray had taken them along through the first half but was the first of the trio to commit. Heading down to the 2f marker the leader came under pressure to try and maintain her advantage. Looking across it was clear that Astrozone and Romantic Vision were creeping closer but travelling better.
Entering the final 1/4 mile the trio were neck and neck and it was her that all three jockeys were all at work. Ellenor Gray was plugging on well down the inner but looked to be a sitting duck for her two rivals. Danny got into his drive before Graham Lee, on board Astrozone, and asked Romantic Vision to go and finish his race. Romantic Vision began to pick up but it was matched by Astrozone and it was the later who took the lead moving into the final furlong.
Ellenor Gray was getting left in the rear view mirror as Astrozone and Romantic Vision settled to duke it out in the final furlong. Neck and neck both juveniles were battling hard. Romantic Vision was beginning to get stronger the further the pair went and found another gear late in the day. With just 100 yards to run it was the colt who began to overpower his rival. Astrozone relinquished her lead but tried hard to fight back. Romantic Vision had the momentum and he was finishing well, comfortably holding off any fight back. Once in front Danny knew he had the race and was confident enough to come out of his drive. Romantic Vision crossed the line with a 1 1/2 length margin, securing his first career win.
It was great to see Romantic Vision improve from his first run and show his potential. The race was run at a blistering pace but the colt showed enough natural speed before then seeing it out well. This run and his work at home has suggested that Romantic Vision will get 6f so that could well be something to think about moving forward. Unfortunately he won’t be eligible for a handicap mark yet so options will be narrowed down but Romantic Vision is going the right way. He showed that the learnt a lot for having a run in the bags o if he can take another step forward, Romantic Vision could be open to a bright future.