Our Boy John (left) fighting his way up / hesteguiden.com

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Our Boy John is past the post!

30 Jul 20: Anyone who backed Our Boy John, the favourite for the sixth race on this interesting Thursday card probably felt like losers for the best part of the contest while watching the 1600-metres handicap. Our Boy John was pulling hard going down the back straight, wasting precious energy - before settling better by the time the field turned for home. Then, as the chips were down, he came under serious pressure and appeared to be struggling. Perhaps he was, but he was nothing but game and as the leaders began to feel the heat, Our Boy John began to find his stride. He gradually wore them to down for a tenacious win from the Swedish trained raider My Cup Of Tea. Sonriente - with two recent wins at this venue - was a close third. This was Our Boy John's sixth career win and his first since joining Annike Bye Hansen ahead of the current season. He was ridden by Jacob Johansen, who certainly deserved his fee for the job.

Our Boy John winning last November

Our Boy John - his move a compliment

One of the biggest compliments a racehorse trainer can get, is when a fellow trainer sends one of their own horses to be trained in your yard. Which is exactly what has happened with Our Boy John. Formerly trained by Yvonne Durant – and still owned by Yvonne and her husband Troy – Our Boy John moved to Annike's stable this March, and he is an interesting new player on the team. A son of top class sprinter Dandy Man out of the Petardia daughter Jine, Our Boy John was a winner on his most recent start. He captured the well paid Høstfinale Bronsedivisjon Handicap, run over 1600 metres at Øvrevoll Galopp last November, taking the race gamely by three parts of a length from Mustajjid, with Chivas 2 ¼ lengths further adrift in the nine-runner contest. This win was by no means unexpected, since Our Boy John had finished second on both of his two preceding starts; behind Queen's Delight over 1750 metres, and narrowly behind one of Annike's many winners in 2019, Karen From Finance, over 1600 metres ten days prior to his win. All these three races were over the dirt track. Our Boy John is equally effective on the lawn, however, something that was well demonstrated with a win over 1600 metres in August, when he came out on top in a big field by fending Rock Dancer off for another 3/4-length verdict.

Our Boy John appears to be best suited by 1600 to 1750 metres but do note that he has also performed really well in sprint races on a few occasions, and his versatility has made it possible to give him a busy campaign. This battle hardened gelding faced the starter no fewer than twenty times last year. Now a six-year-old, he has raced 57 times to date, with 5 wins backed up by 8 runner-up effort and 7 third place finishes. This gives Our Boy John a nice 35% top three record. His career best handicap, recorded back in October 2017, was 79kg, while he is now on 71kg. He is a half-brother to Our Boy Jack (Camacho), a most useful runner who managed 8 wins in England, where he was trained by Richard Fahey and Conor Dore. The dam Jine has also produced Heather Heath (Tendulkar), a filly who won in Ireland as a juvenile. GS 06 Apr 20