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FREEROLLING COULD BE HARD TO CATCH ON A SOUND SURFACE
(Nottingham, 27 June)
Freerolling faced a difficult task on weight-for-age terms against a couple of Gosden/Varian three-year-olds but the Charlie Fellowes-trained four-year-old stayed on willingly in third behind Honest Albert and odds-on Bayroot after being headed over two furlongs out.
Freerolling made his belated debut a winning one at Chelmsford City in early May and will be of interest in handicaps.
The son of Exceed And Excel takes quite a hold and could be hard to catch on a sound surface.
(Yarmouth 28, June)
William Haggas dropped Destination into a handicap and his Cheveley Park Stud three-year-old came up just short.
Tom Marquand drove him to the front inside the final furlong but Oasis Prince, scoring for the fourth time in seven starts for Mark Johnston, fought back gallantly under Jamie Spencer’s drive to win by a neck.
Destination may have preferred a little more juice underfoot and is worth following.
(Chester, 28 June)
A wide draw rather forced Trevor Whelan’s hand as Sparklealot was rushed up to dispute the lead in this 7f handicap.
Consequently, Ivan Furtado’s gelding did too much too soon and was a spent force early in the straight, fading into fifth behind Penwortham.
Sparklealot won three times last season and is one to keep onside.
(Doncaster, 28 June)
The application of a visor, plus a step up in trip, did the trick in no uncertain terms.
Sir Michael Stoute’s gelding looks a well-handicapped horse on the evidence of his victory stroll under Kerrin McEvoy, with Calculation enjoying racing over the St Leger distance.
His earlier close fourth to Glutnforpunishment over an inadequate trip at Lingfield, conceding 5lb to the progressive winner, is working out well.
(Doncaster, 29 June)
Lucky Louie was unfortunate to bump into Athollblair Boy on a going day, the pair drawing five lengths clear and clocking a very respectable time.
A straight 7f is ideal for Roger Teal’s six-year-old and although thoroughly exposed, he can pop up again before season’s end.
(Cartmel, 30 June)
Up 4lb for finishing second in the Pertemps Network Swinton Hurdle at Haydock, Project Bluebook (first-time cheek-pieces) again found one too good in course specialist Wells De Lune.
Young Jonjo O’Neill had the JP McManus-owned gelding perfectly placed but couldn’t quite get to the grips with the resourceful winner.
Project Bluebook’s losing sequence stretches back to April 2017 and many punters will have given up the ghost by now, but John Quinn can find him a race granted his favoured good ground.