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doesn’t have to lead in his races, but he’s probably at his best when able to dominate and that was something he couldn’t do after being tardy from the boxes over this course the other night. He did, however, run really well under the circumstances and on the evidence of that performance, Michael Halford’s charge still remains in splendid form. Despite racing on the slowest part of the track down the lane, he finished a creditable third to the bang in-form pair Political Policy and Reckless Lad in a keenly-contested 1m handicap, and as the time of the race was one of the fastest furlong-per-furlong performances at the Dundalk carnival so far this winter, the effort deserves even more praise. Prior to that excellent display, the son of Moss Vale posted another decent figure in making all the running under top weight and if he can break with his usual efficiency from the favoured inside draw, this strong galloper will take some pegging back from the front.