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THERE'S A BIG HANDICAP IN WILLIAM HAGGAS'S AFJAAN
This seven-furlong maiden looked a match on paper and so it proved with favourite Aimez La Vie failing to match strides with Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Ghadaayer through the final furlong.
Her form figures now read 4-2-2-3-2 but Richard Fahey should find his three-year-old filly a race up north in the coming weeks.
Easy to back for this competitive 1m 4f handicap, Ruwasi endured one of those typical horror trips so synonymous with Epsom.
Ryan Moore restrained Ruwasi early and he had only one behind negotiating Tattenham Corner.
With horses bunching in front of his mount, Moore elected to go for a darting run up the rail, only to be squeezed out by rivals rolling down the camber.
Ruwasi was snatched up and allowed to coast home, deserving better.
This was only Ruwasi’s third outing for Gary Moore since his switch from James Tate and the six-year-old is well enough handicapped.
After three maiden runs last season, culminating in a fine third to Talaayeb at Newmarket in September, The Lacemaker stepped into a handicap off a lenient-looking mark of 75.
There wasn’t much market interest in Ed Dunlop’s filly and she ran as if just needing the outing, not knocked about by Adam Kirby in third.
The Lacemaker has the physique to strengthen through the season.
Has finished third in all three starts for Henry Candy and the filly ran another solid race in this six-furlong maiden, finishing on the heels of well-backed Harbour Grey and favourite Desert Rain.
Beck And Call will stay further and is one for handicaps.
Pitched into a highly competitive renewal of the Esher Cup, First Up ran a bit better than his finishing position of eighth behind Atty Persse.
The Rip Van Winkle colt had a fair bit to do turning for home and was slightly checked down the outside before his run flattened out.
Jeremy Noseda introduced First Up last season in the Convivial Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting, running fifth to Rivet, and again met strong opposition when returned to the Knavesmire the following month, finishing third to Zainhom.
First Up had no trouble mopping up a Kempton maiden a couple of weeks later, resulting in a handicap mark of 85, and he is worth another check.
Wasn’t seen to mid-July last season but has hit the ground running for William Haggas.
Frankie Dettori was oozing confidence down the straight on Afjaan and his mount ruthlessly put the race to bed when eased to the front a furlong out.
Afjaan, an unlucky-in-running fourth in last year’s Balmoral Handicap at Ascot, is a tall, scopey sort and there is a big handicap in him.