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Flags: Horse for course positive, Trainer in form
Pastoral Player is heading into the twilight of his career, though for all that he is still being kept busy at the grand old age of eleven. He has been running respectably so far this term, too, and wasn't seen to best effect when seventh on his most recent start at Carlisle at the end of last month, when denied a clear run two furlongs out.
He heads to Epsom, one of his happier hunting grounds, 7 lb lower than his last winning mark, which came 12 months ago at this track. Hughie Morrison is in fine form at the moment, and considering that Pastoral Player's best effort so far this season came when third at the Downs three starts back - off a 5 lb higher mark - it could be worth chancing that he can record a ninth career win - provided that he's in the mood.