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DIRECTORSHIP ATR Tracker
(Goodwood, 29 July)
There were numerous hard luck stories at Glorious Goodwood and Directorship falls into that category as he failed to find daylight in the bet365 handicap won by progressive three-year-old Extremity. Directorship was sent off a 20-1 shot but should have hit the frame (sixth) and the eight-year-old was running off a 4lb lower mark then when scoring emphatically at Newmarket in May, 2013.
BOWIE BOY ATR Tracker
(Sandown 30 July)
Having only his sixth start and the market didn't really fancy Ralph Beckett's three-year-old (14-1) in this mile Class 3 handicap. The colt belied those odds with a gutsy display in chasing home favourite Halation. Always in the firing line, Bowie Boy kept on well and looks capable of adding to his sole victory in a Kempton maiden back in February.
NAKUTI ATR Tracker
(Goodwood, 31 July)
Found the ground a bit too lively and was also forced to race wide in the Class 2 handicap won by a rejuvenated Safety Check. The filly seemed to enjoy much softer underfoot conditions when winning at Newmarket earlier in the month and will be of interest when encountering similar underfoot terrain.
HUNTSMANS CLOSE ATR Tracker
(Goodwood, 2 August)
Finished sixth in the 32Red (Stewards') Cup consolation race but would have finished closer to winner Barnet Fair had he not be tightened up at the furlong pole. Roger Charlton's four-year-old won a 16-runner handicap at Windsor in April and seems right at home in these big-field sprints.
OUTBACK TRAVELLER ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 2 August)
Fairly bounces off this fast summer ground and was well supported in the betting ring to land this Class 3 handicap. The colt never gave his backers an anxious moment, with no-nonsense Silvestre de Sousa taking him to the front over a furlong out and stretching clear. The Jeremy Noseda yard is back in business and Outback Traveller can go in again soon.
FUN MAC ATR Tracker
(Goodwood, 2 August)
Hughie Morrison's three-year-old, winner of two of his previous six starts, hadn't been risked on ground as fast as this but connections let him take his chance in a hot handicap won by runaway Double Bluff. Fun Mac wasn't given a hard time in fifth by visiting Aussie Craig Williams, finishing right on the heels of progressive handicappers Kings Fete, Second Step and Oasis Fantasy. The colt is worth noting on a more yielding surface.
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