Passionate Affair proved that the decision to secure him from a Lingfield seller a few weeks back was a sound investment with a solid staying on performance in the 8:40 at Bath yesterday. His previous run on turf (beaten 33L) posed a question as to whether or not he could act on this surface, his fourth place finish under top weight proved that he can be as effective on grass as well as all-weather surfaces.
His initial run for Jamie in a hood and blinkers was very disappointing, resulting in Richard Hughes suggesting that “all hoods should be burned!”. Reverting to cheek pieces last night, it was obvious to all that he was far happier.
Passionate Affair’s run was in stark contrast to that of St Paul’s Square 2 days earlier, who continues to be extremely disappointing to say the least. He looked very well in the parade ring and had obviously come on physically from his appearance at Leicester; this only made the fact that he was beaten 38 lengths (in excess of 80 lengths in 3 completed runs) even more exasperating. We have a difficult decision to make with regard to the Amadeus Wolf colt; do we cut our losses or geld him and give him some time off to potentially find some much needed improvement? The sire has not been anywhere near as successful as his racing career would have suggested, although he did have a Group 3 winning filly in Germany during the week. St Paul’s Square is a very nice looking, good moving individual and as such it is hard to believe that he does not have more ability than that which he is currently showing us on the racecourse. A leap of faith is potentially required!