Irish Nectar Storms Home
At the start of the year there would have been many bets that Irish Nectar would have been one of the first 2yo winners of the year. Although it took a little longer than expected, his late burst to win at Nottingham in the 5f EBF Slip Anchor Maiden Stakes, showed that there could be plenty to look forward to from the juvenile.
Having made his debut back in May, the son of Invincible Spirit made a promising start at Hamilton, having been slowly away he tried to come through horses but ultimately found there was little space. Finishing a close 4th, in what looked a hot maiden, certainly showed that he would be winning races before long. Unfortunately some antics led to a poor show next time out and subsequently Irish Nectar was gelded.
With a couple of good runs on easier conditions, Irish Nectar would be tasked with different tactics when he headed to Nottingham. Jamie Spencer was booked for the gelding and was looking to get the juvenile settled through the race, something he had not quite been doing in previous runs.
As the gates opened the new style of running looked as though it may have been overdone with Irish Nectar sat almost last, but with plenty of ground given to the leader. Jamie had to niggle him along to stay in contact with the main body of the field and with a frantic pace on up front, they blitzed through the first couple of furlongs.
Once Irish Nectar was in his rhythm, he travelled very well and began to pick off rivals by the halfway point. Never one to panic, Jamie switched around all off his rivals to race towards the centre of the track. Making good ground up he charged through to get involved with the leaders. There was a little break beginning to appear as Irish Nectar joined in, and he was the only one able to come from behind.
Just over 1f to run the race formed into a 2 horse contest as Irish Nectar battled for the lead. Having swept through to the front he now vied for the lead. Racing up to the final 1/2f he got his head in front, and once he did he powered clear. Jamie knew the race was won and eased up his mount but Irish Nectar strode out to secure an impressive 1 1/4 length victory.
Obviously the new tactics really suited Irish Nectar and he won with some authority in the end. The easier ground looks like it suits and with the manner he finished the race off, there is no reason to think that 6f will no issue in the future. He will be stepping back into Nursery company next time and on this form he should be very competitive once again.