Neil King: Aintaway bumper winner Looking far ahead waits for soft ground before breaking the launch barrier | Racing news
Neil King “can’t wait” to start the season with his bumper Aintree winner Lookaway, but won’t risk it until conditions soften in England.
Ask’s son won a Kildorrery point this time last year before moving to King for £170,000 at the Goffs’ December point sale in Yorton.
He went on to justify that price tag by winning Newbury in his Bow of Rules match, before stepping up to the Graded company in his stride to land the well-styled Aintree case. .
The form of that Second Grade competition got a timely boost as Leave Of Absence and Blow Your Wad – third and fourth respectively at Aintree – battled to complete the Ascot novice obstacle course on Saturday. and King has been pleased with what he has seen from his home charge in recent months ahead of his novice hurdles campaign.
However, the Wiltshire-based pitcher is in no hurry with his star prospect, with Lookaway described as “too special” to run on the field quickly early in the season.
“He looks absolutely amazing, he’s put together very well and has matured over the summer both mentally and physically,” King said.
“He hasn’t missed a day of work and Jack Quinlan went to school and coached him last week for the first time on the pitch and he was absolutely brilliant. I was really touched by him.
“He won’t be running on this wetland at the moment, he’s too excited and too special for that, so we’ll try to keep going as long as we need to and make sure the ground is safe. for a suitable horse .
“I really fell in love with him little by little and he did nothing but please us. He was a straight horse, his homework was very, very good and his schoolwork. also.
“I can’t wait to go but he won’t risk it until it’s really safe – I’m never in a hurry with my horses in the fall.
“I tend to run them through the spring a bit longer than some people, and I bring them back in after a short while. But year after year, you either don’t get the right rain, or the ground just doesn’t. really safe until mid-November – so I don’t panic.”