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Star performance Annus Iucundus landed her second race in four days and looks a filly on the upgrade Rides of the afternoon Lisa Jones on Milady's Pride and Neil Callan aboard Gig Harbor as they both dictated from the front before winding things up to score Sigh of relief Kevin Morgan ended a barren spell when Marko Jadeo landed the opener m Results and analysis start page 79
There was no hanging around in the 13-furlong race and Robbie Fitzpatrick produced a fine ride on Annus Iucundus to scythe through the tiring pack and up the inside of the track to beat Tropical Son.
The 6-1 shot was settled in the rear for much of the way but the windshield provided by the other runners was used to good effect as Norton crept through on the inside in the final two furlongs and, leading at the furlong pole, kept on strongly to score from Annus Iucundus.
Admittedly, Garnett is the one who is now proven over the longer trip, but Annus Iucundus shapes as if likely to relish it and this ex-Irish filly seems to be progressing well.
It should be close between the pair again but the weight difference could be just enough to see Annus Iucundus reverse the placings, aided by the step up to two miles.
Today, Annus Iucundus meets Garnett on 9lb better terms after Kirby's allowance is taken into consideration.
Garnett prevailed by a length and a half on that occasion, showing the better tactical speed before Annus Iucundus stayed on for second, form that has worked out really well.
Garnett followed up in good style when upped to two miles next time, Annus Iucundus went on to win a banded race in good style, and third-placed Blue Hills also gave the form a boost when almost scoring next time out.
Could it have something to do with Capaldi's previous appearance on the show as Roman merchant Lucius Caecilius Iucundus in the 2008 David Tennant episode The Fires of Pompeii?
Tractatus novus utilis & iucundus, De voluptate et dolore, de risu et fletu, somno et vigilia, deque fame & siti.
45) My dear Sir Redmond, one like you Our favourite poet had in view, When that immortal line he penn'd In honour of the perfect friend, The vir iucundus, who combined All virtues of the heart and mind.
idem laetus ac pressus, iucundus et gravis, tum copia, tum brevitate mirabilis, nec poetica modo, sed oratoria virtute eminentissimus.