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Step up to a mile proves just the trick for Bergamasco

Bergamasco and James RyanBergamasco and James Ryan
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Bergamasco stepped up to a mile for the first time on his handicap debut and came home strongly off a strong pace to land the Bar One Racing ‘Guaranteed Overnight Prices’ Nursery.

The Jack Davison-trained gelding, who showed promise in four maiden starts, had to wait for a gap between horses before quickening up inside the final furlong for James Ryan.

The 7/1 chance kept on well to beat Dream Ticket by a length with Miami Sunshine was a further two and a half lengths back in third.

Davison said, "He has (delivered up in trip), it is actually a very satisfying win because he's a horse that always worked well and he was probably ahead of himself mentally early in the season comparative to his frame, he's a big horse.

"He knew his job too well early and then he was overracing in the early part of his race, when really he is probably a miler behind it all.

"We changed tactics today - we just said to James to jump and do everything he could to ride him cold and get him to settle.

"Thankfully, they went a nice gallop. It was a super ride from James, though. He is a 5lb claimer, but if Colin (Keane) rode that horse you would say it was a super ride. He is very talented. Full credit to him and the horse.

"He's a big horse and I'd say he is on the improve. Hopefully, he will go on from this."

Quotes by Michael Graham

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About Alan Magee
Alan has worked in the racing industry for well over 30 years including with the Sporting Life, Turform and Irish Racing Services. He took up his current role as Irish Racing Team Leader with the Press Association in 2013. He has a keen interest in most sports and plays golf.