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THERE’S MORE TO COME FROM ON JUST HUBERT ON GALLOPING TRACKS
(Haydock, 4 July)
Starczewski is in danger of being labelled something of a monkey following his third consecutive runners-up prize and there’s no denying he proved a difficult ride for Stevie Donohoe, hanging when put under pressure.
Despite his wayward demeanour, Starczwewski was denied only by a nose, staying this longer 1m 4f distance stoutly.
He must be a source of frustration to trainer David Simcock but his three-year-old possesses the talent to win in this Class 4 grade.
(Haydock, 5 July)
The winner is a daughter of Golden Horn and looks to have a future, as does Richard Fahey’s Fraternity, running in Sir Robert Ogden’s familiar silks.
She was settled on the inside as Anfield Girl attempted to make full use of her previous experience.
The first two quickened past her inside the final furlong, running strongly to the line, and it will be interesting to see how the form unfolds.
(Carlisle, 6 July)
Kevin Ryan will have been encouraged by Enough Already on his debut for the yard since switching from Roger Varian, but at the same time he will be cursing his luck that he ran into such a doughty competitor as I Am A Dreamer.
Kevin Stott was forced widest of all in the small field on Enough Already but looked the probable winner when edging to the front over a furlong out.
Franny Norton aboard the favourite was in determined mood, however, and I Am A Dreamer rallied to snatch the verdict.
Enough Already’s previous second to Vitralite at Haydock in June had been boosted only 24 hours earlier when the winner spread-eagled his field on a return trip to Haydock and that form line is working out.
(Beverley, 6 July)
Frasard gave it his best shot only 11 days after filling the runners-up berth over course and distance but had to be content with another second prize.
Graham Lee had his mount quickly away from a wide draw, taking a lead before striking for home early in the straight.
There was no question of Frasard shirking the issue as he capitulated to odds-on King’s Caper only in the final 50 yards, the pair drawing 13 lengths clear of the third.
Bryan Smart will be looking forward to going handicapping with his likeable colt.
(Ayr, 7 July).
Keith Dalgleish dropped Dark Lochnagar in class following his fifth to the William Haggas-trained Just Benjamin at Musselburgh but his colt could never strike a blow after being settled out the back from a sloppy break.
Jason Hart charted a congested route in the straight near the far rail and Dark Lochnagar was noted running on late into sixth.
Three runs ago he had recorded a solid fourth to Summer Moon at York and the son of Australia is of definite interest next time, preferably on a slower surface.
(Ripon, 8 July)
Several odds compilers would have felt uneasy going into this 1m 4f handicap having priced up Just Hubert at 7-1 the previous evening.
Notwithstanding a small Rule 4 for a non-runner, those odds were clearly over-generous on the back of Just Hubert’s third to classy Logician at Newbury last week.
William Muir’s colt was sent off 5-4 favourite and for most of the race it looked as if the bookies would get out of jail, with Just Hubert trailing the field by several lengths.
However, Danny Tudhope is riding like a man possessed and he galvanised Just Hubert to victory down the outside in a thrilling three-way photo finish.
There is more to come on galloping tracks, probably with some cut in the ground.