A testing day at the office for Aspire To Glory on handicap debut at Ffos Las
Aspire To Glory made his handicap debut in the 18:32 Nursery Handicap at Ffos Las yesterday evening, finishing 6th (10 ran).
The gelding broke well from the stalls and took up a prominent position early on in the race under jockey Kieran O'Neill. After travelling well enough for the first couple of furlongs, the soft ground began to take it's toll on Aspire To Glory which saw him gradually weaken as his efforts petered out a furlong or so out from the finish.
He was eased during the final stages which saw him eventually finish 11 lengths down behind the winner in 6th place.
Here's what trainer Alice Haynes had to say less than 24 hours after the race:
Aspire To Glory has come out of his race well, and I don’t want to be negative about him after running on that ground.
We found out he’s got a bit more strengthening to do before he handles testing conditions, and we would be happy to step him up to seven furlongs on better ground than yesterday.
Having shown such early promise at home he’s taken plenty of time to develop both physically and mentally so that he can show that natural ability he definitely has.