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WILLIAM HAGGAS'S BRIGAND CAN TAKE THE SPOILS ON SOFTER GROUND
(Newmarket, 28 June)
Owen Burrows’s colt challenged wide and edged left under pressure to join the other duo in the closing stages, just losing out in a driving finish.
(Doncaster, 29 June)
Carries Fitri Hay’s familiar pink and green silks and this stoutly-bred daughter of Galileo is one for middle-distance handicaps as her career takes shape.
Miss Latin was a 20-1 chance for her second run and although no match for Sir Michael Stoute’s comfortable winner Crystal Moonlight, she made steady headway for Jack Mitchell to take second prize.
(Chester, 29 June)
Brigand was nicely backed on the basis that stall two was a useful slot in this 7f apprentices’ handicap, but Harrison Shaw was never able to utilise that potential advantage.
The William Haggas-trained gelding couldn’t go the necessary pace to attain a threatening position but stayed on well to take a fairly remote third to Lord Vetinari.
Perhaps, like his sire Dick Turpin, well-named Brigand will be happier with some ease underfoot.
(Chester, 29 June)
Dr Marwan Koukash has enjoyed much success at his local track and Gossip Column was clearly ‘expected’ as the cash piled on just before the off.
Favourite backers never had a moment’s anxiety as Richard Kingscote made all to come home unchallenged.
Ian Williams has found the key to this ex-Charlie Hills recruit and Gossip Column can take a further hike in his stride while the ground is riding fast.
(Newmarket, June 29)
Charlie Fellowes has his gelding in terrific form and Escalator is rising through the ranks.
He had no trouble defying a 6lb penalty for his Doncaster success 12 days earlier, with James Doyle producing Escalator with a smooth run at the furlong pole to stretch clear.
TROUBLE AND STRIFE
(Lingfield, June 30)
Ryan Tate seemed intent on giving Trouble And Strife a considerate experience on this return to action, tucking her away on the rail before taking second place behind favourite Life On Earth.
Lady O’Reilly’s beautifully-bred daughter of Declaration Of War is beginning life in handicaps off a 58 rating and it would be no surprise whatsoever to see her filly go on a victory roll from her low base.
Sir Mark Prescott has given Trouble And Strife no fewer than five entries in the next few days and she is worth close inspection.