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Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Complete gent Elusivity reaches significant landmark at Lingfield

Elusivity: seen here at Nottingham last year with Paul Mulrennan on board
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Like so many who make it to 100 races, Elusivity has done the rounds. He started life with Richard Hannon snr, for whom he ran only twice, then moved to Brian Meehan, under whose direction his mark rose from just 68 to a heady 108 following his third in the 2012 Palace House Stakes.

Five years on, following spells with David O'Meara and Peter Crate, he is back down in the mid-60s and with Conor Dore, who excels with such horses and has only ever once had a horse from the start of its career.

Dore, who has won five races with Elusivity, said: "Elusivity is nine now, but in my stable that's barely middle-aged and I hadn't noticed he was coming up to his 100th race.

"He's a fantastic horse, and a complete gent with no vices. He's a good work horse, a good traveller and he's extremely tough."

He added: "I think he'd gone three years without winning when I got him, but that was nobody's fault and it took me 13 races to get his head in front in an extremely weak classified race at Southwell, after which he went on and won three more fairly quickly, then another in January.

"He's a heart on his sleeve sort of horse and although he came to us as a hold-up horse he's better blasting off in front, although he no longer has the speed he had a year ago and so he is unable to dominate as he did.

"He's off 64 now and probably needs to drop below 60, but Katherine Glenister is very strong for a 7lb claimer and I think she's underrated."

Elusivity is likely to struggle again to dominate with a rival as speedy as Powerful Wind to his inner, but write him off at your peril.

7.20 Lingfield card and form

He's a heart on his sleeve sort of horse and although he came to us as a hold-up horse he's better blasting off in front
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