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Secret likely to skip Newbury

Tue, 18 September 2012

David Barron's pride and joy Pearl Secret will "almost certainly" bypass the Dubai International Airport World Trophy at Newbury on Saturday.

The three-year-old created a huge impression when winning on his only juvenile appearance at York and he stretched his unbeaten record to four before stepping up to Group One class in the Nunthorpe on the Knavesmire last month.

Although he came up short as he finished well held in ninth, Barron retains plenty of faith in his colt, but he looks set to be staying at home this weekend.

"He's very well. I had a word with David Redvers (owner's racing manager) this morning and I think almost certainly we'll miss Newbury on Saturday. What else will come up, I don't know, but it's looking that way," Barron told Racing UK.

"It's possible (he'll run again this season), I wouldn't rule it out, but my gut feeling is that Newbury will be out.

"Things maybe didn't go as you would altogether have wished at York. We were on the wrong side anyway, so we weren't going to win, so it didn't matter anything else that happened.

"I think it was maybe a bit of a shock to his system, in that league. Going from a six-runner Listed race at Sandown to the Nunthorpe was a big step and I think on the day, he didn't get away with it.

"You couldn't be disappointed with the horse, it was a perfectly sound run from him.

"It was going to happen one day that he was going to get beaten. It might make life a bit easier now. I think he's very good."