Thorpe pushed his troubles behind and won nicely at Perth yesterday. Having run a better race last time he enjoyed the drop back in trip and looks back to his old self. A colic operation and various soundness issues have challenged him but he is in top form now and should be able to continue in the same mode for his summer owners Michael and Lady Jane Kalplan.
The grey Argentix showed lots of promise jumping bravely and just being caught for toe at the last. But this was a highly encouraging run. Having won last year over fences in France it was always going to be tricky for Argentix to adapt to British Racing but with top pretraining from Anthea Morsehead and lots of schooling from the team, he looked accomplished and confident.
We had some good efforts from the others. Spoils Of War looked outpaced in a sharply run race but stayed on to be third. He will likely have a freshen up before his next race.
Devito'sgoldengirl was rather keen and barely settled. She will wear a hood next time and we may change tactics. Onahandshake was also rather keen and got tired up the home straight. She is still green but will come on for this experience.