The win should have booked him a place in the Summer Cup.
He copped the maximum penalty allowed for a winner of this race of six points, which takes him up to a 107. That will mean he will run in the Summer Cup 3kg under sufferance, presuming the top rated horse, William Robertson, takes his place.
Interestingly, Tarry won the Summer Cup last year with a horse who was officially 4kg under sufferance, i.e. Flying Carpet.
However, a closer look at the latter’s three-year-old form gave him a definite shout at the weights.
There is no such form that can be found for Litigation, but the four-year-old gelding by Greys Inn was always thought to be one who would come into his own as he got older.
However, a possibly more eyecatching Summer Cup preparation run was put in by Litigation’s stablemate Nebraas, who was flying at the finish for a 2,50 length fifth.
He looks to have had the perfect Summer Cup preparation.
William Robertson also stayed on quite well for a 2,40 length fourth. Trainer Corne’ Spies might have gained some confidence about the Rafeef gelding’s capacity to stay the 2000m of the Summer Cup.