Speed Company has now travelled north of the border four times in his career, winning three starts and finishing fourth on another. His latest venture was to Ayr on Saturday where he took his course record to 2 from 3.
Having contested some hot handicaps this year this race represented a drop in grade for him and he made it pay. The lack of early pace was little against him (he’s at his best when they go quick up front and he gets cover) but Phil Makin did manage to get a bit of cover and didn’t sit too far back off the pace.
After travelling strongly in to the straight he quickened up approaching the final furlong, hitting the front before fending off a fast finishing rival. Speed Company’s win will probably ensure that he will now get a run in the John Smith’s Cup at York (where he will carry a five pound penalty) and it is likely that that will be our next stop with him.