The beauty of buying a horse with this sort of profile is the form has become clearer with a couple of eye-catching efforts that now look very good.
On the 20th November, he won, finishing 6 lengths in front of a horse called Suas Sios who has since gone on to win a Navan Beginner’s Chase in March and on the 28th Jan at Tyrella he finished 4 lengths behind As the Crow Flies who was winning his 3rd of a 4-timer in points.
He seems to relish passing horses from off the pace which will stand him in good stead in handicaps under rules, jumps well including a huge leap for his novice rider at the last fence to seal his win the last day in Lingstown (see picture attached), and always stays well having won over 7 minutes. He has won on Soft and Good ground.
The Point to Point website said the following:
20th Nov – BATTLE ANTHEM (IRE) received what can only be described as a vintage waiting ride from Harley Dunne. Waited with in rear the five year old was in last place going out on the final circuit. Still in last place jumping the third last under a very patient Dunne, the winner then slipped through on the inside turning in before hitting the front after the second last. Liam Kenny’s charge picked up well on the run to the line to see off his closest pursuer by over a length. Having won a maiden a Grennan a fortnight ago this son of Royal Anthem is well capable of going close in a winners of two next.
12th March – This winners of two contest attracted a number of proven horses in this grade. Seven went to post in a race run at a sedate gallop. BATTLE ANTHEM (IRE) is a proven horse in this company having now won on three occasions. Given a patient ride by James Kenny the son of Royal Anthem, made good progress to lead jumping the second last. Stealing a few lengths turning in, the six-year-old sealed the contest with a great jump at the last, going away to win by three lengths.