Tosen Wish beats Inflection Point © Photo Healy Racing
Pony-sized Tosen Wish defied a fifteen-month absence to make a winning start for Joseph O'Brien in the featured seven-furlong handicap.
Successful in a Navan sprint maiden in October 2021 for Takashi Kodama, the New Bay colt was towards the rear and had plenty to do early in the straight as JJ Jumbo held a clear lead.
The latter soon came back to the pack and Tosen Bay, who got a crucial split a furlong and a half out, began a steady run to move into contention. Despite edging right and then left, the 9/4 favourite kept on well to make a winning handicap debut, scoring by three-parts of a length from Inflection Point
For winning rider Hugh Horgan it was a fifth winner of the new year.
Horgan said: "The question with myself was if he was fit enough (after a long lay-off). He proved tonight that he is and hopefully there is plenty more improvement in him.
"He was green and behind the bridle and a little bit lazy, but he came home very well, in fairness, and picked up well for me.
"Another furlong no harm at all, he hit the line very strong."
Quotes from Michael Graham