Fantastic to get our first winner of the year at Wolverhampton when Jack scored on King Of Naples. KON has not been the easiest so well done to owners, The Beer Stalkers, for their patience. Having spent a lot of time settling KON and riding him whilst he was coming down to a level Jimmy missed the winner as he's having a family ski-ing trip to refresh himself before the season begins proper.
Jimmy and Jack were both in last Friday and had ridden winners that week for other stables, I congratulated them but said it was about time they rode us some winners! Emily commented that we'd probably have a winner whilst Jimmy was away as we had a few this time last year when he was injured. Jimmy said KON will win dropped in grade next week and he was right!
"A modest handicap. The winning time was ordinary but there was an exciting three-way photo-finish. KING OF NAPLES finished third in a much better C&D handicap on his penultimate start. He was a bit wayward and carried his head high in the final furlong, but managed to get up in the closing stages despite that."
Racing Post, 2019