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MAKE IT UP ATR Tracker
(Epsom, 5 June)
Andrew Balding's colt had won two of his four career starts before contesting this Class 2 handicap over seven furlongs landed in convincing fashion by favourite Al Bandar. Make It Up was squeezed approaching the final furlong but ran on gamely to claim second prize. This was a good effort attempting to concede 16lb to the winner.
STRONG CHALLENGE ATR Tracker
(Goodwood, 5 June)
Took full advantage of a plum draw in this six-furlong maiden to make all under the stands' rail, with James Doyle always looking supremely confident on Saeed Bin Suroor's juvenile. Strong Challenge has thrived since his promising debut at Lingfield (second after slow start) and can go on to better things now stepped up in trip.
STEADY MAJOR ATR Tracker
(Epsom, 6 June)
Sent off a 50-1 shot for this competitive curtain-raiser on Derby day, Steady Major ran a bit better than his finishing position of seventh to impressive Stravagante would suggest. Nicky Mackay's mount didn't have much room to manoeuvre down on the rail but wasn't beaten far. Steady Major, now in the hands of Simon Dow after winning a Lingfield claimer for David Simcock back in February, is capable of picking up another prize.
TAPER TANTRUM ATR Tracker
(Epsom, 6 June)
Forfeited ground from his No 1 stall under a hold-up ride in Stravagante's race and didn't get rolling until the race was effectively over. Michael Bell's colt was on a hat-trick after wins at Windsor and Sandown, and remains in grand fettle.
TEARS OF THE SUN ATR Tracker
(Windsor, 8 June)
Drifted in the betting market in the face of strong support for eventual winner Persona Grata, but Clive Cox's filly ran right up to her best in second spot. Adam Kirby produced Tears Of The Sun with a well-timed run to dispute the lead at the furlong pole, only for Persona Grata to sweep past most stylishly. Tears Of The Sun had previously beaten Elbereth at Brighton and the form was franked when that horse landed an Epsom handicap on Oaks day off 89.
MULTELLIE ATR Tracker
(Pontefract, 8 June)
Raised 6lb for his all-the-way 1m 4f Haydock victory 11 days earlier, Multellie was unfortunate to run into a rampant Cyril. Multellie was keen under restraint but held a lovely position behind the front two before Cyril dashed clear off the home bend. Multellie was cutting into his lead all the way to the line over this shorter 10-furlong trip and Tim Easterby has an improving three-year-old on his hands.
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