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(Doncaster, 9 July)
Lacks a turn of foot, which will always make him vulnerable, but Luca Cumani's Montjeu colt may be something of a slow burner. Fiesole was taken to the front three furlongs out but was soon swept aside by comfortable winner Triple Dip. This was only the three-year-old's fourth start and a mark of 76 doesn't appear insurmountable.
(York, 10 July)
This ex-Irish gelding is gradually finding his feet for David O'Meara and ran a stormer in this 10-furlong handicap. Always prominent, Primogeniture struck for home two out before being collared by Barreesh. The gelding was a winner for John Oxx at Fairyhouse last July over 1m 4f, which opens up more options, and the application of a visor on his last two starts has also eked out a little more improvement.
(Salisbury, 11 July)
Roger Varian's three-year-old, only ninth on his Newmarket debut in April, was nicely backed to land this six-furlong maiden but he caught a tartar in Aldayha. The winner was given a fine tactical ride in front, clocking a fast time, while Almohtaseb got himself into a tangle after being hampered six out and was always playing catch-up. This looked a decent event and winners look sure to come out of it.
(York, 11 July)
John Quinn's stable has shown signs of a revival in recent weeks after a quiet spell and Great Hall didn't let the side down in this competitive 1m 6f handicap. Cajoled into the lead over a furlong out, Great Hall was a bit wayward under pressure, letting in Astronereus and the rallying Dashing Star close home. He can build on this fine effort.
(Ayr, 13 June)
Zacynthus has been shunted around more often than a second-hand car (seven different trainers and counting) but latest handler David O'Meara had his engine fine-tuned for this Class 4 handicap. Rider Sam James was positively purring as he sat on the heels of in-form Invoke and Zacynthus quickened to the front with extra in the tank if required. The seven-year-old appreciated the rain-softened ground on his first start in 106 days.
UNDER THE COVERS
(Windsor, 13 June)
Sent off a 100-1 shot for her debut in this Class 5 maiden, Under The Covers stood little chance after breaking tardily. Richard Kingscote allowed her plenty of time to find her feet and Under The Covers made steady headway into seventh. Ron Harris can find her a small race when handicapped later in the year.
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