Winners are not easy to find, even with class horses. That has been the case for Richard Hannon's colt Ziggle Pops, who, finally, made it fourth time lucky at Brighton when winning in style to take his first victory.
This chestnut son of Zoffany, has always been well regarded in the Hannon stable. Subscribers of our 10 Dark Horse Mailing, may have looked twice when we added this February foal to the list after he had looked quite poor on debut when running down the field to finished unplaced at Newbury over 6f.
We actually fancied his chances at Newmarket, next start, until we see he was opposing two horses from our mailing including Lazuli, trained by Charlie Appleby. As you will have seen, Lazuli, shot clear of the field and is a very high-class individual, who will be making waves at Group class.
Interestingly, Skontonovski ran in the same race, having little go right, then ran out of petrol at Ffos Las when caught in the last two sides.
Ziggle Pops is a capable juvenile but struggled when finding himself in another hot race at Newbury when stepping up to 7f for the first time. Roger Charlton unveiled a right top-notch two-year-old in the shape of Quadrilateral, seeing Ziggle Pops finish fourth, beaten seven lengths. Time will tell that was a stiff contest.
Anyway, Ziggle Pops had the luxury today of finding an average race at Brighton and the even-money chance strode out a comfortable winner by five lengths. You can see the full result here.
I'm sure connections will try him at a higher level, although, in fairness, he has an official rating of 75 and looks better suited by nursery races.
Good luck to connections.
Nice to see another winner for the 10 Dark Horse Mailing.