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Howdeepisyourlove's G1 future stayin' alive but Derby might be jive talkin'
There was a change near the top of our 4yo ratings on Monday but whether it has any relevance to the Derby remains to be seen.
Most expected the star 4yo performance of the Chinese New Year meeting would come from Galaxy Patch in the Class 2 sprint but he was upstaged by Howdeepisyourlove, backing up eight days after failing in the Classic Mile.
We highlighted what a poor form race the Classic Mile might work out to be and that was borne out by the form reversal of Howdeepisyourlove, as he lowered Galaxy Patch's colours in posting a new peak of 98, but he John Size-trained gelding pursues the 4yo series any further looks doubtful.
He had looked a coming star in his 3yo season but, i truth, had fallen short of expectations until now as a 4yo, but this was the performance of a horse back on the track to G1 races.
As for Galaxy Patch, he posted a 95 rating, down from his previous start 96 but did race wide back in the field and had every excuse for the first defeat of his life on turf.
California Voce won well enough in Class 3 over 1600m and is likely to pursue a Derby path. He only rated 85, well short of the reqyuired level, but does have higher ratings buried back in his previous form.
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