Yorkshire-based trainer, David Barron, has confirmed that his unbeaten three-year-old sprinter, Pearl Secret, will not run at Newmarket in the July Cup, later this month, and will instead be given a break of nine weeks before attempting to add the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes to his list of successes at York, on August 24, writes Elliot Slater.
The son of Compton Place has done everything asked of him by his very shrewd trainer, this season, and it is significant that the Thirsk handler is prepared to step his charge up from the listed success he achieved last time out at Sandown, in June, to the highest level of the sport, without taking in any of the steps in between.
Pearl Secret received favourable reviews from those who bet on racing, following his neck success over Free Zone, with most observers feeling there was plenty more left in the locker, had jockey Richard Hughes wanted to get really serious with the up-and-coming sprinter.
That victory at Esher Park came on the heels of his win in a Doncaster handicap, on heavy ground off a mark of just 85, after which the Pearl Bloodstock-owned colt landed a York conditions race off a new mark of 101, with plenty in hand.
The winner of his only outing as a juvenile, when beating Lupo D’Oro in a York maiden, last October, rumours suggest that Barron feels his new star could be the best horse he has ever trained; as such, the racing betting tips on Bet365 are taking few chances in the ante-post market for the Nunthorpe Stakes, in offering the rising star at just 9/1.
Possible opponents for the five furlong Knavesmire dash include the high-class Bated Breath and previous winner, Sole Power, both of whom have already shown themselves to be in fine form, this campaign.