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GOATHLAND ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 4 September)
Returning from a 199-day absence, Goathland was entitled to be a tad ring-rusty in this 1m 4f maiden and that looked to be the case as he was outpaced at a crucial stage by market rival Star Storm before staying on again close home. Goathland's previous run, in a Wolverhampton maiden in February, could hardly have worked out better as he was only narrowly outpointed by progressive Soluble and Antiquarium. The latter is now rated 101, so Peter Chapple-Hyam should be able to place Goathland to advantage, with his three-year-old racing off 78 here.
SECRET BRIEF ATR Tracker
(Ascot, 4 September)
Did well to close down Energia Davos and Puissant after being settled well out of his ground, with only a length separating the trio. Charlie Appleby's colt showed a similar level of form at Doncaster, when again occupying third spot, with winner Farlow building on a fine effort at Goodwood behind useful stablemate Rene Mathis. Secret Brief looks a three-year-old with more left in the locker.
FRANKLIN D ATR Tracker
(Ascot, 4 September)
Michael Bell's winning three-year-old has been well served by fast ground but came unstuck when encountering this deeper surface. Underfoot conditions appeared to blunt his speed when Jamie Spencer asked for maximum effort and Franklin D could manage only fourth to favourite Arthenus. Connections will be hoping for an Indian summer in the latter weeks of the season.
TOTALIZE ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 5 September)
Brian Ellison has his team in great nick and Totalize, beginning his effort from a pretty hopeless position, was noted doing some sterling work throughout the final furlong in a typically cut-throat renewal of the Betfred Mobile Old Borough Cup. His previous visit to Haydock in May resulted in an excellent second to stablemate Seamour, with the winner going on to score at Ascot off a much higher mark. Totalize, also quite at home over hurdles, is a grand dual-purpose sort.
MANTON GRANGE ATR Tracker
(Ascot, 5 September)
George Baker isn't noted for training too many classy two-year-olds but he has unearthed a potential gem further down the line in Manton Grange. Sent off at 20-1 for this seven-furlong Class 4 maiden, Manton Grange ran on stoutly into third place after finding trouble in running and this performance can be marked up.
POET'S PRIZE ATR Tracker
(York, 6 September)
David Barron's juvenile looked the part in the preliminaries and travelled strongly a few lengths off the pace in this Class 3 maiden over the minimum trip. Unfortunately for his backers, Poet's Prize was unable to peg back trailblazer Gracious John, with the winner maintaining a relentless gallop to the line.
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