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WIND IN MY SAILS ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 30 October)
Nicely backed, Wind In My Sails was given an inordinate amount of ground to make up turning for home but knuckled down to finish third. This was the colt's third run in a maiden and his turn may come when sent handicapping.
WAHGAH ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 30 October)
Some smart fillies went to post for this Fast Track Qualifier and Wahgah was all the rage, despite a very wide draw. Her backers must have been worried when Wahgah was anchored well off the pace and their concerns were justified as Saeed bin Suroor's three-year-old only got going when the race was effectively over. She finished best of all into third and this mile trip was on the sharp side (scored by six lengths over 1m 2f at Kempton in August). Clearly useful in this grade.
BINT DANDY ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 31 October)
Chris Dwyer may have a nicely handicapped filly on his hands this winter. A winner over a mile at Dundalk in March when trained in Ireland, Bint Dandy found this seven-furlong trip on the sharp side but she wouldn't be denied, poking her head in front close home.
OUTLAW TOM ATR Tracker
(Ayr, 1 November)
Something of a Hexham specialist, Outlaw Tom went down with all guns blazing. Lucinda Russell's 10-year-old ran into an improving sort in favourite Presenting Junior but the pair duelled from three out before Outlaw Tom capitulated on the run-in. No doubt he will be heading back to Hexham before too long.
KILCOOLEY ATR Tracker
(Ascot, 1 November)
Racked up a hat-trick last season and has shown enough in a couple of outings in the past fortnight to suggest he is up to winning a decent handicap, especially if Charlie Longsdon sends him up in trip. Kilcooley was no match for imperious Sign Of A Victory and several others in the William Hill Handicap Hurdle but was staying on again up the run-in.
ROCK A DOODLE DOO ATR Tracker
(Wetherby, 1 November)
Had little chance against a couple of smart and unexposed sorts in this novice hurdle won by The Grey Taylor, but Sally Hall's gelding was doing some good work in the latter stages. There could be a small handicap in him up north.
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