Borrowdale Park veteran, Peggson, again carries top weight in the 1800m National Foods Plate due to be run on Sunday October 24, and all being well could record his 10th victory.
Six of Sunday’s runners finished in the first seven in the 1800m OK Grand Challenge on June 5. The OK was won by Finchatton, followed by Peggson, Holy Land, Fareeq (not in this race on Sunday), Three To Tango, Yarraman and Wantage.
All finished within 3.75 lengths of Finchatton. Mr Greenlight was also in the line-up that day but was 8.95 lengths behind.
Although Finchatton can be expected to perform well this Sunday, on paper, he has a bit more to do. On June 5 he was receiving 3.5 kgs from Peggson (only half-a-length back) but on Sunday this weight advantage will be cut to 2 kgs. Holy Land, third in the OK Grand Challenge, was receiving 7 kgs from Peggson. On Sunday he will heft 56 kgs, to Peggson’s 60, and although Holy Land has been enjoying a purple patch, he is back with the big boys here.
Wantage, could be cheeky, as he will be 1.5 kgs better off with stablemate Peggson .
HOWEVER, let’s not forget that in the OK Grand Challenge Peggson lost lengths at the start and, providing this has not become habitual, he should be home and dry.
Without doubt Sunday’s field is competitive, and there may be a change in the going as at the time of writing there has been some rain.
Photograph by Laurent Viguie – 400m out in the 2021 OK Grand Challenge.