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PALMERS HILL HAS A PROMISING FUTURE FOR JONJO AND JP
(Chelmsford City, 5 October)
Hugo Palmer’s three-year-old gelding was raised 6lb for scoring at Kempton in early September and that just found him out.
Tamayef was always in the firing line and struck the front over a furlong out before having to settle for third spot behind Musical Terms.
The race was run in a decent time and Tamayef is going the right way.
(Fontwell, 6 October)
Seemed far happier back over hurdles following two failed attempts in novice chases and Young Dillon only gave best on the run-in to Buckhorn Timothy, with hot favourite Scoop The Pot in third.
Dr Richard Newland’s eight-year-old was in grand form at this time of year last season, scoring at Fontwell and chasing home The Romford Pele in a competitive handicap at Newton Abbot.
Young Dillon also ran fourth to classy Wholestone at Cheltenham’s October fixture, so he’s worth watching in the weeks ahead.
(Newmarket, 7 October)
Charlie Hills’s filly settled beautifully under Harry Bentley in this Class 2 handicap over 1m 2f and Neshmeya quickly put the race to bed after taking advantage of a lovely split between two rivals entering the final furlong.
Hat-trick seeking Blushing Rose was readily held in second, so the form looks decent.
(Redcar, 7 October)
Picked up his maiden at Catterick in May over seven furlongs and was stepped up to 1m 2f for this modest handicap.
Armandihan travelled well but failed by a neck after a ding-dong struggle with southern raider Road To Dubai.
Kevin Ryan’s three-year-old held his head a little awkwardly under pressure but stayed on stoutly, with favourite Dream Machine more than three lengths away in third.
(Uttoxeter, 8 October)
Bought by JP McManus after winning a point-to-point, Palmers Hill delivered at the first time of asking in this maiden hurdle.
This strong, athletic type lived up to his impressive paddock appearance by scoring with complete authority over two other promising types in Enola Gay and favourite Who’s My Jockey.
Palmers Hill should have a future under the careful guidance of Jonjo O’Neill.
ME TOO NAGASAKI
(Pontefract, 9 October)
Dropped back to a mile after running third to Lunar Jet over 10 furlongs at Goodwood and he produced another solid performance in defeat.
Me Too Nagasaki had the misfortune to run into fast-improving The Grape Escape but emerged clear second-best after racing prominently.
Jeremy Noseda’s colt, a dual winner, is admirably consistent.