Owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Morando’s progression has known no bounds since his promising Windsor debut in April, the three-year-old beating subsequent triple winner Aflame in a course maiden the following week before romping to a three and a half-length win over his peers at Chester in June.
Absent from the track since then due to his preference for ease underfoot, Morando made a mockery of a revised mark of 96 here, cruising to a comfortable two and a quarter-length win against thirteen rivals in what is always a warm race on the closing afternoon of the Western Meeting.
Morando was once again partnered to victory by Harry Bentley, who had to shake up his mount rounding the bend as the white-hot early fractions began to take their toll on plenty of the field.
However, the son of Kendargent was soon back on the bridle and he sauntered past Hayley Bop and Fort Bastion in the final furlong, winning in the manner of a horse whose future lies in Group company while maintaining our one-hundred percent record at the course this season.
Roger said: “The sky is the limit for Morando, who is clearly progressing at a rapid rate. This trip on ground with some ease suits him very well and I hope he can progress into a stakes horse next year.
“In the short-term, he holds an entry in the Challenge Cup at Ascot on October 1. However, I suspect he is more likely to stay at 1m and run in the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot on Champions Day, entries for which close in a week or so.”