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There are times when, as punters, we have to show some sympathy for trainers. There can be little worse for a conditioner than to have a top-class horse who is unsound and has to be nursed along ahead of every run.

This is what trainer Joey Soma is going through every day with Graduation Day. The son of Trippi is a prodigious talent but at five-years-old he has only raced three times. On debut he went down by the narrowest of margins to Mike De Kock-trained Mutamakkin but it took almost another six months before the gelding raced for the second time.

When he did the race turned into a procession as he put 11.25 lengths between himself and second-placed Beach In A Bottle, who has turned into quite a decent performer.

It was only one month to his next start and once again he ran out a very easy winner, beating Night Editor by 3.25 lengths.

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