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NICKLAUS CAN MAJOR AT A MILE FOR WILLIAM HAGGAS
(Yarmouth, 7 June)
Winner of a 6f novice stakes at Redcar on easy ground last October for Highclere Thoroughbreds, Nicklaus doesn’t appear overburdened by an official mark of 75.
Pretty friendless in the market on his second handicap outing here, Nicklaus settled in midfield and was by no means knocked about in fifth once Beachwalk stretched clear.
William Haggas can find him a race around a mile.
(Sandown, 7 June)
Moved into handicap company off a mark of 82 and was a shade unfortunate not to collect.
A sloppy start probably cost Infrastructure the race as Oisin Murphy was cramped for room down the straight as he attempted to deliver his challenge.
By the time Infrastructure could use his stride effectively, favourite Corgi had nicked a vital and unassailable advantage but he stayed on well to fill the runner-up berth.
(Newmarket, 9 June)
Kevin Ryan’s colt ran another fine race in finishing fourth to Maksab in this strong 7f handicap.
Martin Harley produced him with a perfectly timed run but Stormbringer struggled to see out the trip on the uphill battle to the line.
He finished third to big improver Society Power at Ascot last month, again over seven furlongs, and connections may consider it prudent dropping him to six furlongs, the distance over which he won at Redcar.
(Haydock, 9 June)
Despite taking a hefty bump leaving the stalls, Summerghand was in total control in the final 100 yards having been given plenty of time to find his feet under a confident Danny Tudhope.
David O’Meara’s four-year-old had won with similar authority the previous month at Doncaster and he holds a Wokingham Handicap entry.
(Musselburgh 9 June)
Remarkable Caspian Prince smashed the track record to smithereens in the Scottish Sprint Cup and El Hombre was one of several rivals inhaling vapour trails as he crossed the line in seventh spot.
This was an encouraging effort from Keith Dalgleish’s colt, a four-time winner on quick ground in 2017, and El Hombre is primed to pick up the pieces now that his stable is back among the winners.
MY BOY SEPOY
(Nottingham, 10 June)
Made a very brave attempt to follow up last month’s Bath victory, only giving way to strongly-fancied Whitehall in the closing stages.
Stuart Williams has a steadily progressive sort at this modest level and My Boy Sepoy can win again.