Free Tip – Patroon took the eye.

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Here’s today’s selection

8:35 Bath – Patroon

PATROON has clearly had issues, being sold cheaply at Keeneland as a yearling, but he attracted attention at the Breeze-Ups and went to Coakley for £60,000.

He very much took my eye when fifth in a hot novice at Leicester on his 2021 return behind subsequent Irish Lincoln winner Raadobarg. Just ahead of him that day was the now 92-rated Jewel In My Crown, and on that evidence he thought he went handicapping off a good mark, but his four subsequent runs last year were nothing less than desperate, and he was beaten an aggregate of 80 lengths.

He had written Patroon off as having gone the wrong way, but he was surprised to see him return for the same connections at Lingfield last month, and he ran much his best race in handicaps to be third to Janus, who he can now meet on 12lb better terms for a 3¾-length defeat. Patroon looked a transformed character in cheekpieces, racing kindly, and leading into the straight only to tire in the final furlong on his first start for seven months. The cheekpieces he wore are retained, and he’s almost a stone lower that when initially assessed for handicaps a year ago.

The question with Patroon is whether he can build on the promise of his return, but we’re happy to take a chance on him given how much he promised early last term, and we’re taking the view that he was too immature to show his form last term, but has benefited from time to strengthen up, mentally and physically. On that front, we also take a great deal of encouragement from the excellent form of his stable, and the fact that he is entered up again at Ffos Las next week.

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