4.20 York: Handicap (Class 3, 7f)
Some interesting unexposed sorts in this race but none less than William Haggas’ Foreign Diplomat. He was quite costly as a yearling and proved to be talented when placed in three maidens as a juvenile. However it was an ultra impressive display on his seasonal reappearance at Thirsk eleven days ago when he finally got off the mark.
He travelled like a dream, always up with the pace, on the bridle till the final furlong marker. When asked to quicken he did so instantaneously. Maybe this wasn’t the strongest race, but the runner-up has some fair form to his name and Foreign Diplomat couldn’t have been more impressive.
Stepping into handicap company now, he looks not badly handicapped of an opening mark off 81. There could be still a fair bit of improvement to come and the fact that he has been gelded since this last run is quite interesting. Haggas usually seem to know for what types this can work best as he has a 24% strike rate with first time geldings. So this may well contribute to further improvement.
Foreign Diplomat @ 9/2 Paddy Power – 5pts Win