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ANOTHER HENRY CANDY SPRINT WINNER BECKONS IN BOUNCE
Ralph Beckett is doing a fine job teaching Cape Banjo to settle in his races as he was a real tearaway as a juvenile.
Although no match for Justice Smart in this one-mile maiden, Cape Banjo posted a solid effort in second spot off a rating of 77 and appears capable of winning a race or two this season.
Bred to stay a good deal further than this six-furlong test and duly galloped on late to grab third behind strong market leader Waqaas.
Double Touch was pushed along by David Nolan without resorting to the stick and Richard Fahey’s colt looks one to be with when the track is riding on the easy side.
Henry Candy has a treasure chest of top-notch sprinters, with Limato scooping the crown jewels in the July Cup.
Bounce isn’t quite top drawer but can still go a good lick as she showed in finishing third to highly progressive Dancing Star in this 20-runner Class 2 handicap.
Bounce, a wide-margin winner at Kempton last September, has plenty of time on her side.
Raised 5lb for her previous Nottingham success, Pirouette followed up in style under a mature piece of riding from Charlie Bennett.
Trapped on the fence two furlongs out, Hughie Morrison’s apprentice refused to panic, taking a little pull and switching wide to deliver a withering run. Pirouette is clearly a three-year-old filly on the upgrade.
Ran right up to his mark in finishing fourth to Housesofparliament in the Bahrain Trophy on ground that would have been quick enough for him on past evidence.
Runner-up over two miles in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot, Harbour Law probably found the drop to 1m 5f against him but he put his head down and didn’t flinch in the heat of battle.
A Musselburgh winner on softer ground, Dal Harraild handled this contrasting slicker surface and was arguably unlucky not to collect.
Held up well off the pace, William Haggas’s three-year-old had an inordinate amount of ground to make up in the straight but was cutting down Manjaam and Shabbah with a relentless run after being switched right at the cut-off point.
The post came just too soon but winners will come out of this contest.
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