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SIX TO TRACK FROM GOODWOOD 2016
A wide draw was a considerable disadvantage on the prevailing quick ground and Snoano had a mountain to climb in this 10-furlong Class 2 handicap starting from stall 17.
David Allan tucked him in and Snoano wasn’t out of the last trio until switched left in the straight.
Tim Easterby’s four-year-old made steady headway into sixth, a big effort under the circumstances over a trip probably slightly shorter than ideal.
Snoano has been busy this season contesting several competitive handicaps, but is holding his form well.
He goes on all sorts of ground and ran possibly his best race on soft in the Old Newton Cup when fourth to Tawdeea when hitting the front too soon after travelling up powerfully.
Snoano could still be improving.
Nicely backed to land a fiercely competitive five-furlong dash but didn’t help his cause by being awkward out of the gate.
James Doyle quickly got Harry Hurricane on an even keel and they were bang in the firing line a furlong out before fading into fifth behind Boom The Groom.
Harry Hurricane didn’t find any cover throughout and he is threatening to land a big pot when the cards fall kindly.
Forfeited a good draw in stall four by stumbling slightly at the start of this 15-runner Class 2 handicap.
Consequently, Dwight D found himself facing a wall of horses and was never able to strike a blow behind the gutsy wayward winner You’re Hired, eventually coming home in fifth spot.
William Haggas’s progressive three-year-old wasn’t given a hard time by Jamie Spencer and the form of Dwight D’s Newmarket third to Ode The Evening earlier in the month was made to look rock solid when that horse was just denied by You’re Hired in this red-hot contest.
Winner over the straight mile at Newbury in May, Azraff ran a cracker in the Royal Hunt Cup when finishing fourth to Portage.
This turning track provided a very different test in the Betfred Mile and Azraff was never able to take full advantage of an ideal draw (four), being shuffled back into midfield.
Marco Botti’s four-year-old found himself crowded at a crucial stage and could manage only ninth behind monster gamble Franklin D.
Started the season for Alan King in rampant form, landing two middle-distance handicaps in May (York and Chester), and has continued to acquit himself well.
Luke Morris didn’t enjoy much luck when switching his hold-up mount for a run, encountering traffic problems.
Master Blueyes stayed on into sixth spot behind Dal Harraild in another bruising event and he can win again.
Pat Dobbs had his hands full trying to restrain the strong-pulling Syncopation in the seven-furlong maiden won by hotpot Lockheed and Sylvester Kirk’s colt didn’t do badly under the circumstances in finishing seventh, beaten around six lengths.
This son of Dark Angel can do better in time, possibly on an easier surface.
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