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KEMPTON RUNNER-UP JUST IN TIME IS ONE TO WATCH WHEN DOWN IN TRIP
JUST IN TIME
(Kempton, 8 August)
It was difficult on the evening for hold-up horses to rein-in the leaders and positively-ridden Vis A Vis was given just a little too much rope by market principal Just In Time.
Alan King’s gelding travelled notably well and there was the suspicion Just In Time didn’t quite stay this two-mile trip as well as the winner, having scored previously over 12 furlongs and 1m 6f.
(Haydock, 10 August)
Nayef Road was beaten at odds-on at Leicester on debut and looked a bit out of his depth at Newmarket next time, so this was a step in the right direction.
(Chelmsford City, 11 August)
Cost 200,000 guineas as a yearling and shaped with plenty of promise on her debut.
Mark Johnston has a filly with some size and substance to hone and Sapa Inca should make up into a useful three-year-old next season.
BIRDS OF PREY
(Haydock, 11 August)
A dual winner on soft/heavy in Ireland for John Oxx, Birds Of Prey was allowed to take his chance by Paul Nicholls on fast ground in this Pro-Am for lady riders.
Daughter Megan had her hands full as Birds of Prey took a tug off a slow gallop but her mount had every chance through the final couple of furlongs before losing out on the nod to Queen Mother’s Cup winner Mister Belvedere.
This was Birds Of Prey’s first outing in 80 days since running fourth to Buzz at Kempton, form which has worked out well, and there are races to be won with him.
THE KNOT IS TIED
(Redcar, 11 August)
Sent out under a penalty for his Catterick success over two miles only four days earlier, The Knot Is Tied powered home under a positive ride from David Allan.
Tim Easterby excels with these improving three-year-old stayers and his gelding looks ready for a step up in class.
(Leicester, 12 August)
Alan King’s three-year-old filly has really come into her own in midsummer and she was given a very confident ride by Andrea Atzeni.
Settled in last place, Giving Glances made up her ground on the outside with some aplomb before being nudged clear a furlong out.
Her earlier Lingfield victory over Twister is looking a solid piece of form and Giving Glances can win again over middle distances and perhaps a little beyond.