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SEEN THE LYTE IS LIABLE TO POP UP AGAIN FOR HER IN-FORM YARD
(Bath, 7 August)
Ralph Beckett’s filly was good value for her victory, Harry Bentley sending her for home over a furlong out, and she can go in again.
Time Change is doubly entered this week but she is most effective on fast ground, which raises concerns with all the thunderstorms around.
SEEN THE LYTE
(Haydock, 8 August)
Nigel Tinkler’s filly could never recover from a stuttering start as eight lengths winner Princes Des Sables took the race apart in breathtaking fashion.
Seen The Lyte stayed on into third and she has stacked up some fair efforts since her course victory in June.
The four-year-old is liable to pop up again for her in-form yard.
(Musselburgh, 9 August)
Jabbaar has been placed no fewer than 12 times since scoring at Chester last May, suggesting the handicapper has got him pegged.
However, he has gone close on three occasions lately and ran right up to his mark in the 1m 6f Archerfield Cup, finding warm favourite Alright Sunshine just too good.
Iain Jardine’s gelding enjoys some cut underfoot and his name is surely on a northern handicap in the weeks ahead.
(Haydock, 9 August)
Jason Hart’s mount wallowed in the mud, mastering strong-travelling leader Nuits St Georges inside the final furlong before pulling clear at the line.
Contrebasse clearly enjoys the track, having chased home Follow Intello over 1m 6f here last month, and Tim Easterby’s gelding appreciated the step up to two miles.
There is more to come.
(Lingfield, 10 August)
Liam Keniry made a bold and decisive move on Sandyman, kicking clear off the home bend, with his rivals unable to bridge the gap in this 1m 2f novice median auction stakes.
Aegeus did best of the pursuing pack, briefly threatening to run down the winner before flattening out in the final furlong.
Aegeus, placed twice when last seen in May, was having only his third start and looks capable of making his mark in low-key handicaps.
RALPHY BOY TWO
(Ayr, 10 August)
This was a big improvement on his first two starts for Alistair Whillans, with the Borders stable in much better form lately.
Ralphy Boy Two was a 25-1 chance for this 6f novice auction contest and his odds didn’t look generous with Kevin Stott niggling along from halfway.
Odds-on favourite Fuwayrit went clear but Ralphy Boy Two responded well to his rider’s urgings and closed to within three-quarters of a length at the line.
The heavy ground was probably a factor and Ralphy Boy Two is worth remembering further down the line.