Picture: Wecangoallnight wins in effortless style. (Wayne Marks).
Form is usually the best guide and this was proven in the last race at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Wednesday, but not before some astute punters had helped themselves to the early 20/1 odds about the winner Wecangoallnight.
The Eric Sands-trained three-year-old Gimmethegreenlight gelding was returning from gelding and a layoff of more than three-and-a-half months, but was dropping back to a distance over which his early form was eyecatching.
On debut he was beaten 3,65 lengths by Trompie, next time out he got within two lengths of We’re Jamming and he then won his maiden at Hollywoodbets Durbanville over 1250m by 2,50 lengths, easily beating Pas de Nom and Lord William.
Next up he was beaten just 3,75 lengths by Charles Dickens at level weights in the Listed Tab Somerset 1200.
He was given a 98 merit rating, but after one below par run with blinkers on at Hollywoodbets Durbanville he was stepped up in trip.
He went close over 1600m first up, but then ran two below par races and the handicapper dropped him nine points after his last start to 87.
Off that merit rating back at the trip of his best runs he looked the one to beat, but the bookmakers initially had him out at 20/1, presumably because of those last two runs over 1600m and it being his first run after gelding.
He was running fresh and the blinkers had been taken off, but he looked well in the parade ring and Sean Veale then took him down gently.
In the race Veale tucked him in behind the pack from his wide draw and he was last going through the halfway mark.
However, the tall horse then picked them off effortlessly with his big stride and won going away by 2,75 lengths, having shortened into 7/1.
Eric Sands revealed Belinda Haytread had also played a part in the good run because Eric sent the horse to her for six weeks and she schooled him and changed bits.
As Sands said, Hopefully he can go on from this impressive run.