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TABARRAK ATR Tracker
(Salisbury, 30 September)
Landed a Newbury maiden over seven furlongs 11 days earlier and this furlong shorter trip may have been his undoing as Richard Hannon's colt was doing his best work at the finish, closing down Projection to a neck at the line. The winner came into this Conditions race with a 95 rating, so Tabarrak will be pitched into some smart three-year-old handicaps next season. He looks a nice sort.
GALVANIZE ATR Tracker
(Salisbury, 30 September)
There seemed some promising types on show in this backend maiden, none more so than Sir Michael Stoute's Galvanize. Stepping up considerably on his mediocre Newbury debut in July, Galvanize came home strongly into second spot under Ryan Moore, having been switched wide over a furlong out. He was sent off an 11-1 chance and the colt is probably something of a slow-burner.
CAYUGA ATR Tracker
(Chelmsford, 1 October)
Available at 33-1 on course following a dismal effort at Sandown the previous month, Cayuga was in the process of running a big race behind Godolphin hot-pot Second Wave when squeezed out over a furlong from home. The six-year-old has scored at Kempton and Lingfield, so artificial surfaces could be the way forward.
RED CARDINAL ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 2 October)
David Simcock has clearly had to be patient with this three-year-old son of Montjeu and there are surely good times ahead judged on his second to Luca Cumani's odds-on 'good thing' Bess Of Hardwick. Red Cardinal was settled off the pace and was then denied a clear run two out before fairly motoring home. The third and fourth horses were rated 78 and 75 respectively, and this was a most encouraging debut.
DANCE KING ATR Tracker
(Redcar, 3 October)
Travelled strongly off a fairly moderate pace but failed to see daylight in fifth, beaten just over two lengths in this 10f handicap won by Freight Train. Dance King has responded to the application of cheek-pieces and continues to knock at the door. Probably his best run of the season came at York at the end of May when denied in a 15-runner handicap by the progressive Pressure Point. There is a 10f handicap coming up at York this weekend which could be on Tim Easterby's radar. Dance King has yet to be tried on the all-weather or over hurdles, so they are options if connections want to keep the five-year-old on the go.
REAL SMART ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 3 October)
His first two outings, both at Chepstow, yielded places behind smart sorts Flying Hammer (August) and Fei Kuai (September), and David Lanigan's three-year-old again ran with credit in this fillies' maiden, this time chasing home Godolphin's Fine View. She will get a mark around the mid-70s and should be competitive when sent handicapping.
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