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Arigato 'in the form of his life' ahead of Bunbury Cup assignment




Newmarket-based trainer William Jarvis last won the bet365 Bunbury Cup in 1989 when Baldomero triumphed under Jimmy Quinn, and 31 years on, he believes he has another live contender in the shape of Arigato.

The son of Poet's Voice has flourished since racing resumed on June 1. He built on a promising second at Yarmouth by destroying his rivals by nine-and-a-half lengths at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile and followed that win by defying an eight-pound rise in the weights to win by one length at the same track.

He has gone up another five pounds, but Jarvis believes he has a chance of landing the spoils in the lucrative handicap tomorrow (4.10pm).

Arigato and Josephine Gordon winning by nine and a half lengths..2.05.Betway handicap..Newmarket 18-6-20..©George Selwyn07967 030722 email: george@georgeselwyn.co.uk. (38228708)
Arigato and Josephine Gordon winning by nine and a half lengths..2.05.Betway handicap..Newmarket 18-6-20..©George Selwyn07967 030722 email: george@georgeselwyn.co.uk. (38228708)

Jarvis, who trains out of Phantom House Stables on Fordham Road, said: “Arigato is in the form of his life this year. He seems to have improved from four to five, but I never thought he’d be rated as high as he is now.

"He won by nine-and-a-half lengths on soft ground so the recent rain won’t be a worry to him, although I think he is just as good on quicker ground.

"We are drawn in the middle which suits us, and we can see where the pace comes from. Josie (Josephine Gordon, jockey) gets on really well with him and I’m looking forward to seeing how he gets on.”