#startracking Thursday June 30th 11am

The racing may be poor but it can’t be any worse than the dreadful football we all suffered for two hours last Monday night! Even with Newbury and Haydock hosting midweek meetings there is very little quality to get stuck into so I thought I would profile twenty notebook/radar horses who have entries at the weekend and could pick up a decent race or two before the hedgehoppers take over!

No apologies for featuring #SuperStoute,Sir Michael Stoute’s good year—he’s trained 44 winners so far, which bodes well considering he saddled 79 in the whole of 2015 and 81 in 2014—shows no signs of stopping and most of his runners this week will be worth considering. Among them is Third Rock who promises to take plenty of beating as a lightly-raced three-year-old against older handicappers at Windsor on Monday. Third Rock doesn’t yet look the finished article but improved in a first-time visor over a two-furlong longer trip when second in a Salisbury minor event last time and is likely to have even more to come in time given his connections. (Won 13/8) Fellow three-year-old Yangtze is also still a maiden after five starts but he caught the eye when three and a half lengths fourth of 12 to Dal Harraild in a competitive three-year-old handicap over the extended mile and a half at Musselburgh last time, caught further back than ideal, and looks sure to be suited by the extra distance in a similar race at Bath on Wednesday. It would be no surprise to see the Stoute stable saddled several winners this week before Cannock Chase lines up in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.” Timeform — published 25th June 2016


(OR= Official Rating i.e Handicap Mark, Peak= Peak OR, LWM= Last Winning OR, RPR=Racing Post Rating)

ABINGDON                 (Sir Michael Stoute)        OR 100                  Peak 100              LWM —                 RPR 98

Ballymacoll Stud homebred filly by Street Cry out of a Galileo mare. Already guaranteed her place in the paddocks and simply could be anything. A filly with a future in middle distance + events, probably at Group level, the likes of the Yorkshire Oaks etc. She is a big girl who has stamina in spades outstaying a field of maidens over 10F at Ascot and then in a Listed race over the same trip at Newbury Abingdon put her size to good use and outstayed them aided by the jolly running a stinker. Both races were on Good to Firm and Soft ground could be an issue however frequent positive gallop reports suggest she works well and I’m happy to back this filly until she is beaten.

Entry – 2Jul16  2:15  (Overnight) at Haydock, bet365 Lancashire Oaks (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) 

Entry – 18Aug16  3:40  (Early closer) at York, Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) 

CANYARI                     (Richard Fahey)                OR 78                    Peak 88                 LWM 85               RPR 95

Turn can’t be far away with Doncaster the likely venue? OR86 85 82 80 78 Possibilities of C3 and even C4? Now down to seven pounds below last winning mark. Tactically he is flexible. When he hacked up in C4 under Ryan Moore he was held up, in C3 at Doncaster SammyJo Bell made every yard, ground doesn’t seem to be an issue but a flat track helps. Last time out he finished last of 19 in a C4 6F handicap at York but ran under the un-favoured stand rail on a course when low numbers dominated. May need a senior jockey. Probably best when prominent as he finds a bit at the finish. Key could be C3 or below, struggles in C2, Doncaster a bonus.

DARK DEVIL                (Richard Fahey)                OR 86                    Peak 86                LWM —                 RPR 85

Grey £70K son of Dark Angel out of a Barathea mareTwo promising seconds in C4 maidens before narrowly getting home in a C5 maiden over 7F at Redcar. Dark Devil travelled strongly in a prominent position throughout and ground out victory. When asked to quicken his action looked unco-ordinated. Built like a novice chaser he could have a future as he strengthens up. Probably won’t get more than a mile. Travels well and looks a trier. He has already been gelded and 3yo mile handicaps look to be his bag.

Opened his 3yo campaign at Chester in a C2 7½F handicap with Paul Hanagan on board. 3rd          7/1 Some late market support. On toes, jig-jogging. Out last, taken to rail from wide draw, dropped in. 3F out chose to take the brave man’s route up the inside and kept on for third without really threatening. OR86. Surprised to see him step up 2½F at Epsom in another C2 handicap on Softish ground. #FantasticMrFahey told sportinglife.com  “Dark Devil steps up in trip for the Investec Private Banking Stakes which we think will suit, even though his pedigree would suggest otherwise. He’s a galloper who ran well from the back at Chester on his reappearance. He needs to be on his ‘A’ game here to be competitive and could have been better drawn in nine.” 11th     11/1 Rear, hardly passed a horse, never competitive! Did he handle the ground, the course or the trip? That’ll be a possibly, a probably and don’t know! Annoyingly the handicapper has cut him no slack at all, even one pound would be handy. I am convinced there is plenty more to come from Dark Devil over 8/10F, C2/3, Good to Soft or better ground, MacNamara’s seven five pounds (claim reduced 27th July)?

Entry – 2Jul16  1:45 at Haydock, Soft, bet365 Handicap  3yo C3 10½F 0-95 Andrea Atzeni

DARSHINI                    (Sir Michael Stoute)        OR 90                    Peak 91                 LWM 87               RPR 97

Another of Sir Michael Stoute’s who as a 3yo did the 57SimpleSimonSays… Master List a few favours last season and I’m delighted to see him remain in training as a 4yo. Starts off at 10F on the sand at Chelmsford for his seasonal debut. 1st  6/4Fav “On rail, travelled in 3rd, pulled three wide off final bend, stayed on well” in this C3 10F handicap off OR87.

Next time out he ran at the Chester Cup Meeting. I am not sure he is a Chester horse. He’ll come from off the pace and needs to wind up. He is up 4lbs and up in grade, stall 5 is fine and the drying ground is a bonus it’s just that he doesn’t do anything quickly! 10th              4/1Fav Wore cheek-pieces, pushed to get prominent. One out and back (been listening to too damned much of that Australian Trotting!) but in the box seat. Asked three out, not a lot, impeded 1F out, heavily eased. Get back on a galloping track! OR91

Don’t quite know where we are with this chap? Notes say “drying ground is a bonus it’s just that he doesn’t do anything quickly!” and “Get back on a galloping track!” I have written before “I am not sure he is a Chester horse. He’ll come from off the pace and needs to wind up.” Which worries me round the idiosyncratic Epsom. 7th 10/1 Wore cheek-pieces, four wide, no cover, rear, keen, lost position, never competitive. Ryan Moore chose to ride an Ed Dunlop horse. OR91

2nd          10/1 at Pontefract when he couldn’t get to Luca Cumani’s well-in Banksea over 10F on Good to firm ground in a C3 handicap. 0R90 It is the ground and the grade that hold the key to this horse. No Soft in the going, Class 3. On fast ground he could well have a York/Ascot C2 10F handicap in him?

2Jul16  2:50  Haydock, Soft, bet365 Old Newton Cup (Heritage Handicap)  C2 11½F 4yo+

ECCLESTON                (David O’Meara)              OR 91                    Peak 96                 LWM 91               RPR 104

Here is one of the horses David Armstrong has moved from #FantasticMrFahey. This one made the same move last season! Not an easy horse to win with but my notes say “Could easily land one of these C2 6F sprints but probably not a big one. Ayr Bronze, Great St.Wilfred Consolation etc.etc. 18/05/16 Got dropped 1lb OR93”. Drops to C3, a grade he won twice at last season and over 6F at that level has form of 817510, and is back down to his last winning mark OR91. However his form at Ripon is 54990 which makes me wonder if the courses undulations suit him. As a hold up horse he needs some cover and the breaks at the right time. He ran well last time out and his turn could be imminent. 6F C3 not Ripon, bit of give in the ground, Good to Soft would be ideal. A senior jockey would help make his mind up for him.

GEORGE BOWEN        (Richard Fahey)                OR 97                    Peak 100              LWM 91               RPR 104

Hugely likeable 6F sprinter who went from winning a C3 handicap at Wolverhampton off 85 to running second in the Ayr Silver Cup off 96, winning at Newmarket and the Curragh on the way. The Ayr Gold Cup would seem a logical target and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him tried over further. He appreciates Soft ground and I expect him to land a C2 handicap pot and possibly a Listed race and even Group level towards the end of the season.

Things just haven’t happened for him yet this season. First time up he was 10th                 10/1 in a York C2 6F handicap off OR99 beaten just five lengths when the ground was probably a bit too quick. Then he went to Epsom off OR98. Could be a major player in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot in a fortnight’s time but is he a trier here? Spencer is on board and gets on well with him but come from behind at Epsom is fraught with dangers. The pot is worthwhile and I think they’ll give it a go. #FantasticMrFahey told sportinglife.com “George Bowen is our other runner but he’s out in stall 11 which may not help. The more rain the better for him and if it’s soft ground I’d give him a big chance.” 6th 6/1CF.

OR97 Little surprised to see him at Newcastle for his third outing as I thought the Tapeta was the quickest of the artificial surfaces. Mind you he has won on the surface at Wolverhampton over this trip and he has slipped 3lb down the handicap. #FantasticMrFahey told sportinglife.com “Things didn’t pan out right for George Bowen at Epsom last time, where through nobody’s fault he became detached and couldn’t get into it. If he acts on the track here I’d expect a big run as he’s right on his A-game.” 8th 11/2JF Just didn’t/couldn’t pick up!

OR95 Can win off this mark and this wet summer should be helping. Ayr must be a big target and/or wouldn’t be surprised if he went back to Ireland. Soft Ground, 6F and a bit of luck! Ground is key. The more rain the stronger his chance.

Entry – 2Jul16  3:25  Haydock, Soft, Cash Out At bet365 Handicap  C2 6F 0-100 3yo+

Entry – 9Jul16  5:10  (Early closer) at Newmarket (july), bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap)  C2 7F

Entry – 30Jul16  3:45  (Early closer) at Goodwood, Qatar Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap)  C2 6F

GERSHWIN                 (David Lanigan)                                 OR 91                    Peak 91                LWM 83               RPR 96

Trainer David Lanigan has always been bullish about this son of Shamardal and put on his website after he won his 2yo maiden at Haydock, “Gershwin, a beautifully-bred son of Shamardal broke his maiden in impressive fashion at Haydock today. Jockey George Baker poised him behind the leaders in the early stages of the race before making his move about two furlongs from home. He took up the lead with ease over a furlong out and maintained control holding off newcomer Baydar in the closing stages. Following the race, trainer David Lanigan said, “I’ve always liked Gershwin, but I perhaps ran him a month too soon. He’s going to be a mile, mile-and-a-quarter horse for next season.”

He didn’t get a clear run on seasonal debut when a well-supported sixth to Stargazer in a hot 10F handicap at Sandown. Prior to winning at Leicester, 1st   10/3, I noted that he still has entries in the Derby, Irish Derby, Eclipse and the more realistic Edward VII at Royal Ascot and if he was to take up any of those this race would have to be a formality off OR83 and winning jockey George Baker returning to the saddle. None of those fancy entries were taken up and although put up ten pounds by the handicapper to OR93 Gershwin continues on the handicap path although he has entries now for the King George, the Juddmonte International and the Irish Champion Stakes, all Group 1!!.

GIDDY                          (Richard Fahey)                OR 78                    Peak 81                 LWM —                 RPR 81

She’s a big girl and she’s quick and a flat 6F with a bit of room to manoeuvre is going to be right up her street. “Readily” won her 5F C5 maiden at Beverley as a 2yo, this Cheveley Park Stud home-bred filly by Kylacchy should be quick. Her only other run was in the C2 nursery at Ayr when she went off 5/2F but was a disappointing 12th behind stable mate and future Group 1 winner, Donjuan Triumphant. My notes said “Big type”, “athletic” and on her maiden win, “Well away from inside, galloped all over these. Quickened at 1F pole. Rest may be trees but professional and couldn’t have done much more.” #FantasticMrFahey told sportinglife.com on Sept. 15th, “Giddy is a filly we like a lot. I’d contemplated putting her in the Group Three here but she’s been given a mark which means the nursery route opened up. I’m looking forward to running her.”  The connections and the handicap mark are the attractions.

First time as a 3yo at Ripon 2nd    10/3. She never got a run in this C4 6F handicap, being buffeted about among horses in midfield and was unsuited by the Ripon undulations but when she did see some space she flew up the rail in the final furlong. Giddy was taken out at Haydock 27th May (Going-Good to Soft). Taken out of Haydock yesterday because of Good to Soft ground she runs against her own sex here. It is that “bit of room to manoeuvre” that bothers me, something that is normally at a premium around Chester. I don’t doubt she can win a race of this nature but Chester, I’m not sure. 3rd  7/2 Out OK, third, two wide, almost led 1F out, faded, third. OR77 79

OR79 81 Next stop was York for a C2 6F Fillies handicap. #FantasticMrFahey to sportinglife.comGiddy who has been a little disappointing as I thought she was extremely well handicapped at the start of the season. She’s yet to win but has run some good races in defeat and we retain the faith. We’re running from 2lb out of the handicap which isn’t ideal but I’m happy to let her take her chance. She came to win the race at Chester the last day and didn’t do a lot wrong so I think she’ll run well again.“ 9th  15/2 Well beaten by impressive stable mate Mayfair Lady.

OR81 78 0-80, C3 or less, stiff 5F/easy 6F but on Good or better ground.

MUTAMAKKIN           (Sir Michael Stoute)        OR 96                    Peak 96                LWM 91               RPR 101

$875K son of War Front has been gelded. Here’s what I put in my Craven review “However the real eye-catcher was that man Stoute’s Mutamakkin. He had been off the course for almost a year and has been gelded but was totally outpaced for five furlongs then flew home from the Dip onwards without having much thrown at him. Currently OR92 he is my first name on Ascot Hunt Cup “possibles” list.” That was sixteen days ago and the handicapper has left him on the same mark. I can’t see the extra furlong as being anything but a bonus and you can’t fault the form of Sir Michael Stoute or Paul Hanagan. 8th  9/2JF Travelled found nothing. Proverbial “bounce”? Better ground? Stiff mile? Turned up at Sandown off OR91 in a C2 8F handicap on Good to Firm with Ryan Moore in the saddle. Hamdam-al-Maktoum likes his horses ridden prominently. Moore had this one stone cold last all the way to the 2F pole and then powered home, in the end just winning but with a bit in hand! Has been put up five pounds but if switched off and ridden with balls Mutamakkin can go places. OR96

Entry – 2Jul16  2:35  Sandown, Good to Soft, Coral Challenge (Handicap)  3yo+ 8F C2

Entry – 29Jul16  3:10  (Early closer) at Goodwood, Betfred Mile (Heritage Handicap) 8F

NUNO TRISTAN          (Richard Fahey)                OR 93                    Peak 93                LWM 87               RPR 98

No idea what to make of him! Bought out of the William Jarvis yard at the turn of the year for £45K he has an OR90. He’s won a couple of times on the AW and run down the field in four 6F Newmarket handicaps C2 and C4. Now owned by Nick Bradley Racing (Middleham Park manager) who know the time of day. So he starts his turf career with #FantasticMrFahey in a C3 0-90 at York over 7F off OR90 with Adam MacNamara taking seven pounds off. #FantasticMrFahey told sportinglife.com Nuno Tristan is working very well … and we’re very happy with him. This is only his second run over seven furlongs and he has to give weight all round so clearly will need to at his very best but he goes there in top form.” 6th of 18                20/1 Steady progress from the rear without getting competitive.

Next time out #FantasticMrFahey told sportinglife.com Nuno Tristan is in good form and ran very well at York on Saturday. The handicapper has probably got him where he wants right now but he’s capable of running well.”  So of course he hacked up in a C3 7F Redcar Saturday handicap 1st       7/1 under Tony Hamilton. Enjoyed 7F, quickened up well on softest ground he had encountered. Now OR93 and probably worth a crack at a C2 prize over 7F, may even get an easy mile.

Entry – 23Jul16  3:20  (Early closer) at Ascot, Gigaset International Stakes (Heritage Handicap)  C2 7F

Entry – 30Jul16  3:45  (Early closer) at Goodwood, Qatar Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap)  C2 6F

SHARAAKAH               (Ed Dunlop)                        OR 97                    Peak 97                 LWM —                 RPR 100           

Ed Dunlop Blog June 15th Sharaakah ran very well on her seasonal debut in the Sandringham yesterday. She was unlucky not to finish second and I think she will improve on this run which is encouraging for the rest of the season.”

No surprise as after winning her maiden as a 2yo the trainer had enthusedMon 20 July 2015 The horse might be different but the result remains the same. Twelve months on from Arethusa’s success in the fillies’ maiden auction at Newmarket last Saturday, Sharaakah kept the race in the yard when quickening past Puzzle Look to score by half a length. Fourth on debut at Lingfield having missed a beat at the start and run green throughout, Sharaakah left that form well behind in the hands of Joe Fanning. She travelled sweetly on the heels of the leaders before switching to the outside passing the furlong pole, and Joe only had to give her a solitary smack to readily land the spoils, with the front two pulling an encouraging four lengths clear of the remainder. Congratulations to her owner, Mohammed Jaber, who collects a Plus 10 bonus for the victory of this Goffs yearling purchase. Her pedigree suggests the best is yet to come, too, her being by first-season sire Roderic O’Connor, who landed the Irish 2,000 Guineas at three.

This was our second juvenile winner of the year and we will probably aim this filly towards nurseries now. It will be interesting to note how the handicapper rates her, with the race having appeared no better than average on paper although her performance in winning was quite striking.”

Has an entry on Saturday 2Jul16  3:10  at Sandown, Coral Distaff (Listed Race) (Fillies)” Looks right up her street.

SPRING OFFENSIVE    (Richard Fahey)                OR 90                    Peak 91                LWM 88               RPR 96

Difficult to catch right, is it a smaller field, never won with more than nine opponents? Only been ridden by a claimer three times and those are the only three career races he has won! He has run well at flat tracks such as Redcar and especially Musselburgh where the longer straights help him organise his powerful finish. C3 8F with some guaranteed pace would be ideal but he could be competitive up in grade and maybe even 9/10F. Good ground is ideal. A likeable horse who has already won twice this season and his mark has gone up seven pounds and back one! OR83 87 88 91 90 Knows how to win and seems to get on well with Adam MacNamara.

Entry – 3Jul16  4:35  Ayr, Good,  totepool Supporting Scottish Racing Handicap  C3 3yo+ 10F 0-95

Entry – 9Jul16  4:15  (Early closer) at York, 57th John Smith’s Cup (Heritage Handicap)  10F

Entry – 29Jul16  3:10  (Early closer) at Goodwood, Betfred Mile (Heritage Handicap) 8F

STAMP HILL                (Richard Fahey)                OR 90                    Peak 90                 LWM 82               RPR 93

I really fancy this horse who ran a cracker at Goodwood last time from a dreadful draw. Notes say “Acquired in Ireland from Johnny Murtagh/Andrew Tinkler in the middle of last season and he runs in the colours of the “Merchants and Missionaries”. A new syndicate to me but they have some very nice horses and I am currently trying to find out who exactly are the Merchants and Missionaries? Since joining Fahey Stamp Hill was second in a C4 maiden at Thirsk , then got up in the shadow of the post in a 6F C4 maiden on soft ground at Chester. This gelded son of Zoffany should pay his way in 6/7F handicaps. C2 7F 3yo should be fine.” #FantasticMrFahey told sportinglife.com  “Stamp Hill ran well form a bad draw on his latest start at Goodwood. He could never slot in that day but stayed on well. I’d have thought he’d have a solid each-way chance in the closing Investec Specialist Bank Handicap.”

2nd          7/2 Just went too well and couldn’t get a lead for long enough and Chaloner had to kick 2F out and Stamp Hill idled and looked around and got chinned. Up four pounds to OR90. Has a nice C2 pot in him somewhere!

STAR BLAZE                (Mick Channon)                OR 82                    Peak 82                 LWM —                 RPR 84

Unraced as a 2yo this homebred son of Shamardal out of a Galileo mare was all at sea on his debut at Windsor but rattled home over a mile at Newmarket on Good to Firm ground to win a warm maiden. Mick Channon could have a nice colt on his hand here, especially over 10F+, and it will be interesting to see where he turns up next. Ran in a hot 3yo 9F C3 handicap at Sandown 7th          9/2CF Travelled, outpaced 4F out, short of room two out, needs further?

OR 82 I think this colt has a decent C3/2, 10/12F handicap+ in his scope.

TATLISU                      (Richard Fahey)                OR 99                    Peak 103              LWM 97               RPR 97

#FantasticMrFahey told sportinglife.com  Tatlisu is going to need a lifetime best to win this off 102 but does handle the track and Ripon can be a case of horses for courses.” Ripon 6F handicap form 63330.

Whilst rated OR100+ Tatlisu will struggle to win one of these C2 handicaps and is at times too consistent for his own good! Twelve months ago Ryan Moore partnered Tatlisu at York, they were made 4/1 favourites and finished a keeping on fourth. Indeed Tatlisu’s York record of 53440 suggests he is a viable each way candidate.

Ryan Moore on TatlisuThis 6f on good ground are his conditions…” Betfair Blog

Tatlisu is down to OR99, now he just needs 6F and good ground on a Flat track or Ripon. Will probably run in the Stewards Cup at Goodwood but simply has to be on your short list for Ripon’s Great St. Wilfred mid-August where Good ground and Jack Garrity would be plusses.

Entry – 2Jul16  3:25  Haydock, Soft, Cash Out At bet365 Handicap  C2 6F 0-100 3yo+

Entry – 30Jul16  3:45  (Early closer) at Goodwood, Qatar Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap) 

UNDER ATTACK          (Sir Michael Stoute)        OR 80                    Peak 80                LWM –                  RPR 83 

He made an eye catching debut in June 2015 when 4th to Ibn Malik in a C4 7F maiden at Newmarket, easily outrunning his odds of 33/1. Sent off 5/2JF a month later for a similar contest at Sandown he displayed some “attitude” as the Racing Post recorded “Unseated rider before entering stalls, held up in 8th, dropped to last and urged along 2f out, kept on final furlong”. He has since been gelded and connections will be hoping for a more mature performance from this Dubawi colt. His breeding suggests he will need at least 10F as his mum was a OR100 rated middle distance filly. So we will watch on Thursday 5.50 Chelmsford, and then see how he gets on down the handicap route? Sent off an unfancied 10/1 shot he was unruly in the stalls and slowly away. Pushed to get a racing position on rails, midfield. Came four wide into the straight and kept on well to grab second behind Murad Khan. Has been given OR80 which is surely workable stepping up in trip.

He neither steps up in trip nor goes in a handicap but runs in this C4 10F maiden in what looks a match with Victory Bond unless the Hugo Palmer newcomer Zorlu gets involved. 2nd  10/3 Kept away from the others on the way to and at the start in case he boiled over which suggests he is a nervous type. Took trail from winner, came to challenge 2F out but his bigger opponent just kicked and was gone. Under Attack has the attitude of a trier and surely this gelded son of Dubawi can pick up a C4+ handicap off OR80 10/12F?

Eyecatchers Alan Thomson ATR Tuesday 26 AprilAnother Stoute three-year-old and the master trainer knows this family well as he trained Under Attack’s dam, Ship’s Biscuit, a 100-rated handicapper up to 1m 6f. Under Attack, a son of Dubawi, caught a tartar in William Haggas’s much-touted Victory Bond but finished well clear of the rest in this 1m 2f maiden. He showed promise in both his juvenile maidens behind smart sorts Cymric and Ibn Malik respectively, and made a satisfactory return at Chelmsford behind Hugo Palmer’s Murad Khan. Under Attack can be placed to advantage off this 80 handicap mark.”

VALLEY OF FIRE          (William Haggas)               OR 88                    Peak 96                 LWM —                 RPR 97

Lightly raced, 4yo gelded son of Firebreak. Won his 2yo maiden at York over 6F and was 3rd in the big Sales race at the Ebor meeting. Finished his 2yo campaign off with a last of eight in the G3 Tattersalls Somerville Stakes but sent off 4/1 third favourite. Only two runs as a 3yo, both over 6F and both at Newmarket in July 2015. Reappeared as a 4yo when unsighted in the Victoria Cup off OR 96 at Ascot a fortnight ago. Prior to that race trainer William Haggas had told the RP his horses “.. are a bit short of work and will come on for the run.” Currently has an OR93 and C2/3, 6/7F probably York very much on the agenda. Failed to see the 7F out last time at York so strange he steps up to a mile here at Chester. I am going to wait until he is down to OR90 in a C3 over 7F. They then stepped him down to 6F at Epsom in rain softened ground and no show 10th              16/1. Then he went to York over 7F in a C3 handicap off OR86 and he ran a solid second at 16/1. Up just 2lbs to OR88 and surely a winner wait to happen.

Entry – 2Jul16  2:40  Leicester, Soft, H.A.C. Pipeline Supplies Ltd Handicap  C3 7F 0-95 3yo+

Entry – 2Jul16  3:25  Haydock, Soft, Cash Out At bet365 Handicap  C2 6F 0-100 3yo+

Entry – 23Jul16  3:20  Ascot, Gigaset International Stakes (Heritage Handicap)    

WAR STORY                (Luca Cumani)                   OR 86                    Peak 86                 LWM —                 RPR 89

Came to my attention when giving a hiding to a #SuperStoute filly, Aristocratic, I fancied at Chelmsford. OR85 could seriously underestimate his talent. Ears prick up when Cumani is asking about a handicap mark! Luca Cumani Website 26th April “We have liked War Story for a while and it will be interesting to see what handicap mark he is given.”

Alan Thomson Eyecatchers ATR WAR STORY (Newmarket, 21 May) Brought some useful all-weather form into this competitive one-mile handicap and looked perfectly at home on turf. Racing keenly and wide, War Story struck the front coming out of the Dip but faded quite tamely into sixth place behind well-backed Chelsea Lad. It would come as no surprise to see Luca Cumani dropping his three-year-old back in trip, although the lack of cover probably contributed to his capitulation.”

OR85 First run on turf at Newmarket over 8F on Good to Firm ground over a mile C3 saw him lead in The Dip but not get home. 6th 4/1 OR85 Next time out same grade at Sandown over a furlong shorter, despite showing signs of greenness, he finished strongly and was beaten just a head and half a length and goes up a pound . OR85 86 His astute trainer will place him shrewdly and this could win a big race at nice price before the season ends.

Entry – 2Jul16  1:25  Sandown, Good to soft, coral.co.uk Handicap  3yo 7F 0-90

WILD HACKED                        (Marco Botti)                     OR 84                    Peak 84                 LWM —                 RPR 88

On my radar last season when on debut at 40/1 he was the only horse to give the much touted Royal Artillery a race. Won his 3yo C5 maiden over a mile at Windsor in workmanlike manner and then was 5th to Garcia in the ultra-competitive Haydock Silver Bowl. OR82 Drawn 3 on the inside he was slow into stride, trapped on a rail with a wall of horses in front of him as they turned for home, then Luke Morris did too much too quickly to the two pole and one paced at the end. Again ran in a hot heat at Sandown, 3yo C3 9F, OR82 where he led at the furlong pole having travelled, if a bit keen, fourth on the rail. Now up two pounds OR84 and this Moyglare Stud US bred son of Lemon Drop Kid must surely improve over 10F if not 12F.

Entry – 2Jul16  1:45 at Haydock, Soft, bet365 Handicap  3yo C3 10½F 0-95 Andrea Atzeni

YANGTZE                    (Sir Michael Stoute)        OR 74                    Peak 74                LWM –                  RPR 77 

In that ridiculous maiden at Leicester when Ulysses was second to Imperial Aviator with Ulysses second and UAE Prince back in third Stoutes other pair Yangtze and Autocratic both kept on well without ever being competitive in 4th and 5th. Yangtze made his handicap debut OR71 over 10F in a C3 event won by Primitivo, who went on to win the Duke of Edingburgh at Royal Ascot. Yangtze travelled well, outpaced 3F out but kept on strongly in the final furlong for 3rd. Put up 2lbs to OR73 and prior to his next run in the C3 12½F Edingburgh Cup at Musselburgh I blogged Ran on in eye-catching fashion in his last run. Well weighted, obvious improver and #SuperStoute sends one horse to Scotland, well drawn in 3, Stevie Donohoe rides.” Again he ran on late having dwelt at the start and was out of his ground when the race took shape. Put up another pound to OR74. A 12F+ C3+ handicap is his for the taking if ridden more prominently or piloted by the unequalled Ryan Moore!

“Fellow three-year-old Yangtze is also still a maiden after five starts but he caught the eye when three and a half lengths fourth of 12 to Dal Harraild in a competitive three-year-old handicap over the extended mile and a half at Musselburgh last time, caught further back than ideal, and looks sure to be suited by the extra distance in a similar race at Bath on Wednesday.” Timeform — published 25th June 2016

Entry – 30Jun16  7:30  at Newbury, Pelican Handicap  3yo C4 12F Ryan Moore


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