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THE TIN MAN
(Doncaster 23 July)
All three of his career starts have come on Town Moor and James Fanshawe's three-year-old had no trouble justifying favouritism. The Tin Man's action points to him being even better when encountering easier underfoot conditions and this is an improving three-year-old.
(Doncaster 23 July)
Winner of a seven-furlong Redcar maiden as a juvenile, Belle Travers appeared to find this 10-furlong trip taxing her resources. Richard Fahey's three-year-old travelled strongly but after briefly striking the front over a furlong out, her stride shortened quite noticeably as she faded into fourth spot behind impressive winner Sikander. Belle Travers's mark of 72 here isn't harsh and another couple of pounds downgrading would open up juicy opportunities, probably around a mile.
(York, 24 July)
Disputed the lead from before halfway but wilted in the closing stages of this hot six-furlong handicap won by Mon Brav. Nigel Tinkler's four-year-old has done all his winning over the minimum trip and he is worth keeping on your radar.
(Newmarket, 24 July)
Charlie Appleby's New Approach colt stepped into a handicap off 84 and he ran right up to his mark, despite playing second fiddle to useful Shawaaid. This seven-furlong trip already looks a bare minimum for Carrington.
(York, 25 July)
Scored on his UK debut for Michael Dods at the inaugural Wetherby Flat fixture in April but this was his first start since that initial success. Settled well off the pace, Corona Borealis could never cut into the pacesetters' advantage but wasn't beaten far in fifth. The gelding's best form in Ireland for Johnny Murtagh came on softer ground and he should strip sharper for this outing.
(Ascot, 25 July)
Had little chance to make an impact from his stands' side draw in the International Stakes but was nibbled in the market. Brazos is slowing slipping down the ratings having been clobbered for running third to Breton Rock and Gregorian in last season's Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury. Saeed Manana's colt had shown a smart turn of foot to beat Wee Jean at Ascot last May and Clive Brittain may find the grey a suitable opening this autumn.
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