• Martin Bosley

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Good run from Zefferino last night (8.15pm) at Lingfield finishing a running on 3rd over 7f with George Wood on board.

This run was like a winner to us, all the hard work is now starting to pay off. He is running to the line, gaining confidence with each run. The sprint runs have helped him to settle and the wind op has put the 'icing on the cake'! Now he will stay the mile and perhaps even slightly further.... watch this space.

15 runners yesterday, a reasonable size field all galloping in a straight line. We were running off a mark of 60, a reasonable mark that Zeff could run well off. The ground in the first furlong drops away and Zefferino just got a little unbalanced coming down the hill leaving him in the rear but on the rail. However, once they were on level ground with no room to go forward George took Zeff left handed, five wide off the rail with the rest of the pack. Meanwhile, the second horse was leading the stand side rail group and looking like the winner but just a couple of lengths in front of us was the winner starting to make his challenge. We followed the winner out but he and the second had a few lengths advantage. In the final furlong, the winner and second battled hard together but we were on our own trying to grind them down and although we were running all the way to the line the first two had the upper hand. Another super ride from George who was never going to give up on him.

We were beaten six lengths and a neck (giving weight away to the first two) but then it was three lengths back to the fourth (also rated 60). The winner was once a very useful 89 rated Class 3 winner (second favourite for the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot) and the second a lightly raced very well handicapped horse! Zefferino highest rating to date was 83 as a 3 yr old who didn't show much after his maiden win until last night his first proper placing (in the first three) in a handicap! Onwards and upwards, great result Team Bosley.

Below Zefferino in third (yellow/blue), trying to gain on the first two, eventually we are three lengths away from the fourth and six lengths off the winner.

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