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SECRET ARCHIVE ATR Tracker
(Kempton, 2 October)
Didn't cut much ice on his first run in 110 days and never showed in this decent handicap won by Ogbourne Downs. Secret Archive has been lightly campaigned since landing his maiden at Kempton last November but was beaten only narrowly by useful Donny Rover at Nottingham back in April off this sort of mark, so Ray Beckett's three-year-old isn't one to give up on yet.
REGAL PARADE ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 3 October)
Has been a terrific horse over the years and Milton Bradley dropped the 10-year-old into a claimer with an obvious chance. However, the old boy endured a stinker of a run in fourth, doing some good work at the finish after seeing little daylight. This six-furlong trip around here is maybe sharp enough for Regal Parade but it is only a matter of time before he picks off a similar event.
DANCE KING ATR Tracker
(Redcar, 4 October)
Tim Easterby's four-year-old has paid his way this summer, recording victories at Musselburgh and Pontefract, but has run into a couple of improving Mark Johnston three-year-olds in recent weeks. Dance King finished third to Fire Fighting at Ayr's Western meeting and, this time, he occupied a similar position behind progressive Stetchworth. He remains competitive enough off his higher mark of 82 but the gelding would be interesting over hurdles should connections ponder taking that particular route.
KINSHASA ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 4 October)
His price collapsed under a rush of money in this very competitive 1m 4f top apprentices' handicap but it proved a costly experience for his backers. Luca Cumani's four-year-old travelled up strongly before beating a swift retreat at the Bushes. The winner, Winter Thunder, is clearly useful but Kinshasa should have done better given his earlier successes at Salisbury and Kempton. Perhaps something was amiss or this was just a rare off day.
TRENDSETTER ATR Tracker
(Pontefract, 6 October)
Well beaten in three maidens before this first jaunt into handicap company off a mark of 67. The market suggested little was expected (25-1) but Trendsetter stuck to his task as he bravely chased down impressive winner Thunder Pass. This 1m 4f trip seemed well within his compass and Trendsetter won't be sent off at such dismissive odds next time.
LADY BRIGID ATR Tracker
(Windsor, 6 October)
Has spent most of the summer on the sidelines but she made mincemeat of the opposition, clearly relishing soft ground. Lady Brigid must be followed while in this rampant mood.
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