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SIR MICHAEL STOUTE'S MESHAYKH ONE TO FOLLOW IN FILLIES' HANDICAPS
Didn’t pull up any trees on her Newmarket debut towards the end of September (seventh) and she was never in the hunt in this 7f maiden after being switched sharply right from her very wide draw.
Meshaykh disputed last place turning in but made late headway up the rails to take sixth, beaten just over two lengths by Daban. Sir Michael Stoute will be looking at fillies’ handicaps next season.
Racked up an unenviable five-race sequence of second prizes last season but she served notice that her turn was at hand when chasing home Willie Mullins’s hotpot Limini at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Alan King duly found her an easy opening at Warwick in May and Dusky Legend returned here from a 185-day break to put down a marker for a big pot in the coming months.
The six-year-old produced a telling turn of foot to brush aside Copper Key and Snow Leopardess, and this will have done her confidence no end of good.
Caught the eye when winning a maiden point in great style and there were plenty of informed punters willing to back their judgment against hot favourite Willoughby Court.
Sent straight to the front in this 2m 4f maiden hurdle, Get On The Yager duly made a winning start under Rules, galloping the market leader into submission under a no-nonsense front-running ride. Dan Skelton’s six-year-old looks to have a future.
Richard Fahey’s magic hasn’t galvanised Ballymore Castle into building on a sole maiden success at Chester (soft) in 2014 but the four-year-old isn’t a lost cause.
The ground on Town Moor was probably too lively for Ballymore Castle and that looked to be the case as he was outpaced when the principals quickened two out.
To his credit, Ballymore Castle didn’t throw in the towel, eventually running on into fourth spot behind Steel Train.
No match for Sceau Royal but front-runner Rayvin Black was typically staying on gamely after being headed early in the straight when left a clear second by Zubayr’s last-flight tumble.
This was a sterling effort on quick ground that didn’t really suit, as both his wins last season, here in the Kingwell Hurdle and at Ascot in January (seems best on a right-hand track), came on a deep surface. Oliver Sherwood will be hoping the heavens open before too long.
After one inauspicious start for James Tate, Dubawi Fifty was switched to Karen McLintock by owners Paul and Clare Rooney, a decision which looks to be paying dividends given his liking for the local Tapeta circuit.
Sent off a 200-1 rag on his first start for McLintock, the three-year-old finished an encouraging fifth to Laqab in a 10f Newcastle maiden before chasing home Westward Ho on a more recent visit.
Stepped up to 12 furlongs, Dubawi Fifty stayed on strongly into second behind progressive Ajman Prince and is a winner-in-waiting.
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