12th Oct 2016
Price Bloodstock galloper Formula Galore had an overdue break through at Happy Valley on Wednesday by an unusual route but trainer Caspar Fownes says he is ready to go right on with the job now.
Fownes expected Formula Galore to win last season as a three-year-old but the Not A Single Doubt gelding wasn’t quite ready to produce his best form and drifted down the ratings.
So far down the ratings that he actually made it to Class Five by the end of his first campaign but a very strong second in the bottom class to open his season sent Formula Galore back up in grade to Class Four but he handled it with aplomb to score impressively on Wednesday for top jockey Joao Moreira.
“He has come back a stronger horse this time and he has really been flying in his training,” said Fownes. “His first run was fantastic and I wasn’t worried about him going up in class again, as he’s well up to Class Four and he got the huge weight drop as well. I thought he was a certainty until the barriers were drawn and he got the outside but I was still very confident. I just said to Joao that I thought there would be speed on, let the horse find his feet and his turn of foot would do the rest.”
And so it did, as Formula Galore launched rounding the home turn and drew clear for a win full of authority.
“He’s turned the corner this season and this won’t be his last win,” said Fownes.