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PERTH JUVENILE WINNER GHOST SERGE CAN SCORE AGAIN THIS AUTUMN
(Perth 26 September)
Sophie Leech’s trip north from Gloucestershire was well rewarded when her grey gelding ran out a comfortable winner of the Juvenile maiden hurdle.
Although benefiting from favourite Brandy James hanging left almost throughout, Ghost Serge improved on his Cartmel second on debut.
He was a Listed performer as a juvenile for Archie Watson before being snapped up after landing a Leicester claimer over seven furlongs in late May, and Ghost Serge saw out this trip well enough to think another early-season win is on the cards.
(Chester, 29 September)
Punters latched on to Wild Edric, an all-the-way course and distance winner a fortnight earlier, but they had cause for concern when the favourite threw Liam Jones and had to be led to the start.
Their misgivings were well founded as Wild Cedric beat only one home and Tom Dascombe’s colt may not be an entire much longer if repeating these antics.
(Ripon, 29 September)
Appreciated Carlisle’s stiff finish when getting up close home at the end of August and this extra furlong looked sure to suit.
However, Flint Hill never looked entirely happy on Ripon’s undulations and was under the pump three furlongs out.
Michael’s Dods’s colt showed a very willing attitude, staying on stoutly into fourth behind useful favourite Riviera Nights, and Flint Hill would probably have preferred a slightly easier surface as well.
(Newmarket 29, September)
Roger Varian’s gelding hadn’t been spotted since chasing home Grey Britain at Newmarket’s Guineas fixture back in early May but he was clearly wound up for the bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap.
Andrea Atzeni got caught up in some bunching and UAE Prince wasn’t in the best position as the race unfolded, eventually staying on well into fifth spot behind impressive Wissahickon.
The first-time cheek-pieces may have helped and there may a race in him before season-end.
(Market Rasen, 29 September)
Brian Hughes has struck up a good relationship with Caius Marcius and Nicky Richards’ seven-year-old built on his recent Perth success with an emphatic victory in this 2m Listed hurdle.
Hughes sent him to the front early in the straight and Caius Marcius soon pulled clear of favourite Theclockisticking.
The gelding looks capable of holding his own in better company.
(Musselburgh 30 September)
A course winner over 7f earlier in the season, Crotchet excelled on her first try at a mile, pulling readily clear of well-backed Fashion Theory.
Connor Murtagh didn’t panic when short of room at a vital stage and Crotchet clocked a good time as she hit the line strongly.
Richard Fahey’s filly can win again.