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HOLMSWOOD IS ON AN ATTRACTIVE MARK AND CAN ATONE FOR ASCOT SECOND
(Chelmsford City, 4 October)
A former course and distance winner, Agueroo again demonstrated his liking for the track with an honourable second to hot favourite Compas Scoobie.
The five-year-old was dropped in from his wide draw in this 6f Class 5 contest and found some trouble as Charlie Bishop picked his way through the pack.
Although Agueroo is an infrequent winner these days, he could pop up this winter sporting the Dab Hand Racing colours made famous by popular sprinter The Tatling.
(Ascot, 5 October)
The rain came 24 hours too late for Mekong, a dual winner on heavy at Leicester and Haydock this season, but Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old went down with all colours flying behind useful Ghostwatch in the 1m 6f Listed contest.
Ryan Moore always had the son of Frankel handy and Mekong refused to yield without a fight when Ghostwatch moved smoothly into the lead.
(Ascot, 6 October)
Without a win in 10 starts this season but has slipped to an attractive mark.
Holmeswood hinted he was back in top form the previous week with a fine fourth to Dakota Gold at Haydock and it was no surprise to see Michael Dods’s sprinter well backed here on his favoured soft ground.
Holmeswood failed by a half-length to master Erissimus Maximus but his turn is surely close at hand.
(Wolverhampton, 6 October)
Nothing went right for Jamie Osborne’s three-year-old in this 1m 4f handicap won in impressive fashion by front-running Quantatmental.
Sicario found himself well off the pace following a sluggish break.
Nicola Currie’s attempt to drive her mount into contention was compromised when finding traffic problems and Sicario did well to take fourth.
A dual winner over 10 furlongs this summer at Windsor and Ffos Las, he appeared to stay this longer trip well enough.
(Redcar, 6 October)
Has struggled to recapture last season’s winning form but Emmaus almost pulled this Listed contest out of the fire with an electric burst that saw Tabarrack holding on by a nose in a desperate finish.
Roger Varian’s colt is one to note next time in similar company.
(Pontefract, 8 October)
Ormesher has revelled on soft ground over hurdles recently, winning both starts at Uttoxeter and Cartmel, and had conditions in his favour returned to the flat in this 1m 4f handicap.
Donald McCain’s gelding beat subsequent Perth scorer Ghost Serge at Cartmel and looked potentially thrown in off his new flat rating of 63.
That fact didn’t escape punters as they forced his price down from 11-2 overnight to 3-1 joint favourite but their foresight wasn’t rewarded as Ormesher endured a horrid trip, trapped on the rails behind a weakening front-runner on the home bend and again hampered in the straight.
This was X-certificate stuff for his backers.