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DAMON RUNYON CAN MAKE IT THIRD TIME LUCKY IN ANOTHER NOVICE STAKES
(Carlisle, 6 September)
Essenza finished runner-up for the third time this season, looking the winner for all money when hitting the front going well a furlong out before being run down by stablemate Mr Diamond.
It would come as no surprise to see her on the Richard Fahey wagon bound for a nursery at Ayr’s big September bash.
This was the softest surface she has yet encountered and it presented no problem.
(Kempton, 7 September)
Expected to improve from a promising debut fourth at Newmarket in July when running on late behind Red Bravo without every threatening.
Unfortunately for favourite backers it was almost an action replay, with John Gosden’s colt staying on when the race was over as impressive Artois stretched away at the finish.
There were mitigating circumstances as Damon Runyon was trapped wide from a bad draw and he could make it third time lucky in another novice stakes around a mile.
(Thirsk, 8 September)
Kevin Ryan’s filly struck winning form at this time last year on soft ground and hinted that further success is imminent off this 2lb higher mark.
Dandy’s Beano broke sluggishly from her slow draw in this 5f handicap and was always playing catch-up, eventually running into fourth spot.
(Wolverhampton, 8 September)
Seems at home on the Tapeta, recording form figures of 2-4-4 from three visits.
David Lanigan tried first-time blinkers but Beleaguerment was hindered by his very wide draw and could never strike a blow.
Better can be expected and this mark 0f 71 is workable.
(Haydock, 8 September)
Iain Jardine harboured hopes that Mayleaf Shine could repeat last year’s course and distance success but his filly had to settle for second-best behind favourite Intense Romance.
The four-year-old revels in the mud and is one to be on next time if she gets these testing conditions.
(York, 9 September)
Handed a rating of 88 following his nine lengths romp at Salisbury on a yielding surface and ran right up to that mark in this extended 1m 2f handicap.
Danny Tudhope found himself cramped for room over a furlong out and switched left before Rise Hall ran on into third spot behind Francis Xavier.
Martyn Meade’s colt may have been racing on a slightly slower stretch of the Knavesmire and Rise Hall can win again on an easy surface.