Thoughts on Fiscal Policy – Thursday
Fiscal Policy runs in the 8.45 at Kempton this evening. Richard Kingscote takes the reins.
He was unable to run at Pontefract at Monday due to the poor management of the track. We have no issue with watering ground in summer to ensure it is a sound, safe racing surface. As long as its clear the intention is ensure good to firm going as per the BHA directive. We totally accept there are times when circumstances mean unpredictable weather leaves clerks with unenviable decisions.
Something that is not acceptable is to create a huge bias because the track has not been evenly watered. We were looking for a specific set of conditions to run Fiscal Policy, hence we declared at Pontefract. It became apparent as racing went on that an artificial bias had been created. The bias meant a track that should normally suit him would not in these circumstances. Fiscal Policy who tends to head left when he is in the clear. This tendency would have meant he would have ended up running on ground in the middle or far side of the track. The ground on those parts of the track was unsuitable for racing if a horse wished to be competitive, as it was signifcantly slower than elsewhere. This situation would not have arisen had good ground management been employed by those at Pontefract.
The gelding is a course and distance winner. The only negatives are the wide draw and the fact he travelled to and from Pontefract on Monday. He did not lose any weight for the journey so are hopeful the effects will be minimal.
Lilikan can has been running well in similar races recently, and can be forgiven a lessor effort most recently on account of missing the break. Much the best of Oriental Spirit’s form is on the all weather and he’s another who can feature if reproducing the best of it. He should be sharper with a couple of runs under his belt after an absence. Pablo Del Pueblo has good record over five furlongs and the sharp six at Lingfield. This slightly stiffer test may stretch him but if he can last out he could enter the mix.
Fiscal Policy is owned and was bred by Gary and Lesley Middlebrook, he will be led up by Epona Miller who cares for him daily at home.