Spring Romance Rewards Solario Racing

SPRING ROMANCE ran out a very comfortable winner at Wolverhampton last night under Jack Duern to give Solario Racing their first winner at Harper Lodge Farm.

The 3yo son of Zebedee was one of nine runners in the 6f handicap and along with the top weight, G Eye Joe, was the least exposed runner in the field with just three runs under his belt.  He was making his handicap and all-weather debut and had been off the course over six months.  So, there were potentially a few questions to answer, especially as he had been disappointing in this three runs as a juvenile.

When the gates opened, Spring Romance was a little slowly away but Jack booted him into a handy position and although a tad keen early on, he soon settled nicely in front.  The pair were in command throughout and on the final bend into the home straight, Jack kicked clear and soon put the race to bed.  Spring Romance, aka “Neville” won by three and three quarter lengths and a length which led to a raucous reception from the Solario Racing owners who were out in force to greet their hero.

Last year, the horse was physically and mentally weak but a subsequent gelding and autumn turn-out have done him the world of good and he showed it to good effect yesterday.  He’s grown up a lot and rewarded Solario Racing’s owners who have been very patient.  Hopefully, this could be a good year for the syndicate organisation which also has a lovely unraced Aussie Rules 3yo grey in training at the yard.

As for Spring Romance’s plans, he is sure to get at least seven furlongs but the next step is to see how dim a view the handicapper takes of yesterday’s win.  Let us hope he isn’t too harsh on “Neville!”