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CHESTER HARD-LUCK STORY SHADY MCCOY CAN COLLECT IN THE AUTUMN
(Catterick, 29 August)
Odds-on favourite Que Amoro won this novice median auction maiden with authority but Autumn Flight finished with some purpose once the penny had dropped on his debut.
David Allan gave Tim Easterby’s gelding plenty of time to find his feet and Autumn Flight appears to possess the necessary speed to win at this minimum trip.
(Musselburgh, 30 August)
Jim Goldie’s three-year-old was well supported to follow up her easy Hamilton success when stepped up to 12 furlongs.
Things didn’t work out as planned, however, with Pammi a little outpaced on the home bend on this much quicker ground, before making headway three out.
Andrew Breslin angled for a run up the far rail but was forced to snatch up and pull wide.
Pammi got going just too late and there’s little doubt she would have collected for favourite backers with a clear passage.
(Sandown, 1 September)
Didn’t appear to get home in the sticky ground on his first attempt at 1m 2f, but was given plenty to do.
History Writer, a course winner over a mile earlier in August, was anchored at the back and his wide, sweeping run petered out up the hill.
David Menuisier saddled last year’s Cambridgeshire favourite Thundering Blue (seventh) for the same connections and History Writer would probably scrape in at the bottom of the weights at Newmarket as long as his mark doesn’t dip below this 92 rating.
(Chester, 1 September)
Predictably, the leaders set a searching tempo in this extended 7f handicap and rather fell into the lap of the chasing posse racing off the home bend.
This was manna from heaven for winner Oh This Is Us, a talented but tricky customer that doesn’t mind finding a bit of trouble, but fourth-placed Shady McCoy was one of several hard-luck stories in behind.
David Probert’s mount finished well, possibly building on a solid second to Via Serendipity at Ascot on his previous start.
Ian Williams’s gelding handles some give underfoot and should get his ground in an autumn campaign.
(Wolverhampton, 1 September)
Not seen since finishing a well-beaten third to Purser at Lingfield last October, Wajaaha was well backed to land this modest 1m 1f maiden.
The runners were scattered across the track in the straight and Wajaaha couldn’t quite reel in Loveisili, edging left under pressure.
Saeed bin Suroor can find the colt a similar event before going handicapping.
(Chelmsford City, 1 September)
Already a dual winner for Hugo Palmer at Yarmouth and Doncaster, Blonde Warrior almost made it a hat-trick with a fine second to hotpot Fox Coach.
The colt gave his four rivals a fair start as he was settled in last place until switched sharply left over a furlong out.
He closed to within a neck and this was a sound performance attempting to give the winner 3lb.