A good fourth on his British debut at Exeter, four year old Le Milos took a big step forwards on his second start for us yesterday, winning the juvenile handicap at Sandown Park under a patient ride from Alan Johns.
Held up in last, he was on and off the bridle for the majority of the contest, the application of a first-time hood seemingly switching him off, as he had been keen through the race at Exeter. He had plenty of ground to make up turning in, but started passing horses three furlongs from home and kept on strongly to reel in the eventual runner-up and go on to score by four lengths.
There are two £40,000 handicap hurdles for four year olds in the coming weeks and, whilst Newbury on the 23rd will almost certainly come too quickly, I am hopeful that he could make the one at Ascot on Sunday 31st March. Congratulations to his owners Bovian Racing!