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HENRYTHEAEROPLANE ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 3 July)
Made a pleasing debut for Middleham Park Racing, staying on into third behind Richard Fahey's better-fancied stablemate Lieutenant Kaffee and the more experienced Diaz. The colt was sent off a 28-1 chance, so connections can draw plenty of encouragement, especially as Henrytheaeroplane may well improve when encountering a sounder surface.
KARRAAR ATR Tracker
(Sandown, 4 July)
Richard Hannon's three-year-old remains a maiden after six starts but the son of Dubawi ran much better than his sixth of eight behind Presburg would appear to indicate. Paul Hanagan held several positions down the straight as he tried in vain to find a clear passage and Karraar will be of interest next time.
FORGOTTEN HERO ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 5 July)
Returning from a 238-day absence, Forgotten Hero travelled strongly on the heels of the leaders until fading into midfield in a typically competitive renewal of the bet365 Old Newton Cup. Forgotten Hero can be a bit quirky but is a useful tool on his day, as he demonstrated by taking Greatwood's scalp at Doncaster's 2013 St Leger fixture. A 25-1 poke here, Forgotten Hero should be sharper for this pipe-opener and Charlie Hills will have a big middle-distance handicap in mind.
BUREAU ATR Tracker
(Leicester, 5 July)
Mark Johnston is keeping his filly fairly active but Bureau appears to be thriving on her racing. After scoring well at Pontefract, Bureau found 12f on soft ground stretching her under a fixed penalty at Newmarket next time but bounced back here behind useful Asyad. Her handicap mark of 82 is still workable.
ARGOT ATR Tracker
(Nottingham, 5 July)
No world-beater but Argot should be able to exploit his 70 rating. The colt made a winning debut here last October but his four runs since have been largely unproductive. However, he has the size and scope to progress and wasn't knocked about when his chance had gone after travelling well for a long way behind winner Inevitable.
TARRAFAL ATR Tracker
(Ripon, 7 July)
Was no match for favourite Thankyou Very Much but Franny Norton came from a long way back to grab second spot. Tarrafal was just denied by the smart Anita in a Wolverhampton maiden back in March and was awarded a handicap mark of 76. Considering Tarrafal is down to 58 now, he should be able to pick up a handicap around a mile in the weeks ahead.
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