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RHYTHMIC INTENT MERITS SERIOUS CONSIDERATION BACK ON AN EASY SURFACE
(Thirsk, 7 September)
This was Viceregent’s third start and the Richard Fahey-trained colt should make his mark in handicaps.
Following two placed efforts at Carlisle and York, Viceregent could manage only fifth behind well-backed Plymouth Rock in this 7f Novice Stakes but Tony Hamilton’s mount didn’t have a lot of racing room on the far rail through the final two furlongs.
Beaten less than two lengths, the son of Nathaniel will pay his way.
(Ascot, 7 September)
Clock-watchers confirmed the track was riding pretty slick and that wouldn’t necessarily have helped Rhythmic Intent’s cause.
A previous four-length winner of a Newbury maiden (soft) from subsequent scorer Arabist, he was held up by John Egan and could never strike a blow as Apparate and Persian Moon fought out a thrilling finish to this 1m 4f Heritage Handicap.
Rhythmic Intent wasn’t beaten far in sixth and with the Stuart Williams yard continuing in great heart, his three-year-old merits serious consideration back on an easy surface.
(Haydock, 7 September)
David O’Meara does so well with his French purchases that it comes as no surprise to witness Arecibo gradually moving up in class as the season progresses.
The four-year-old seemed to appreciate the soft ground in this 5f handicap and although no match for impressive Maygold, Arecibo stuck on well in second place.
Rated 100 here, he holds a William Hill Ayr Gold Cup entry and had a sighting of the track when scoring over five furlongs in July.
His running-on third to Dakota Gold in a 22-runner dash at York last month suggests he will have no trouble coping with a big field.
(Kempton, 7 September)
There was a lively betting market ahead of the London Mile Handicap Series Final, with Kasbaan proving the right favourite under a textbook ride from Ali Rawlinson.
Chasing him home was Kuwait Currency, up 5lb for his course and distance victory the previous month, and he could never get to grips with the winner after mounting his challenge from a less advantageous position off the home turn.
Kuwait Currency remains fairly handicapped and his American pedigree points to more all-weather success while in this sort of form.
(Wolverhampton, 7 September)
Richard Fahey lowered Moon Of Love’s sights after his filly had been outclassed in the Lowther Stakes at York last month and she responded with a game victory in this 5f Novice Stakes.
Punters found it difficult to split Moon Of Love and Archie Watson’s Electric Ladyland, and little separated the pair in the battle for supremacy.
Trailblazing Electric Ladyland, wearing blinkers for the first time, only yielded close home and was the moral ‘winner’ attempting to concede 11lb.
She has been on the go since the beginning of April, when scoring at Lingfield and Kempton, and is a credit to her trainer.
(York, 8 September)
Missed the break and failed to beat a rival home on debut at Carlisle (heavy) in May but the Michael Dods-trained colt appreciated this sounder surface, just losing out to southern raider Clan Royale after going head-to-head through the final furlong.
With favourite Alben Spirit held in third, this was an excellent effort from 66-1 outsider Unifier with the promise of more to come.