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High On Love has scoop to improve after fine Newmarket effort
Alan King's three-year-old won his maiden on deep ground and posted a fine effort behind Primitivo on good to soft at Newbury in May, so the prevailing quick surface could have proved problematical.
As it transpired, Rainbow Dreamer coped perfectly well as he was the only rival to throw down a meaningful challenge to fast improving Alyssa in this 1m 6f handicap. He might be the type to go hurdling but could well scoop a staying handicap on the level in the weeks ahead.
A strapping, scopey juvenile, High In Love travelled strongly out in front before the more diminutive, terrier-like Clef scampered clear on the climb to the line. High In Love was conceding 9lb to Richard Fahey's impressive winner and she should continue to give a good account of herself.
There was a mountain of cash for John Gosden's three-year-old and his backers were most unfortunate not to collect. Frankie Dettori did the right thing finding cover from an exposed draw but Von Blucher found himself out on a limb when the pace around him collapsed.
Winner Cornwallville had followed the main bunch on the far side and the couple of lengths he stole from his rivals when hitting overdrive a furlong out proved decisive as strong finisher Von Blucher would have nabbed him in another few strides.
Holding his form well in competitive handicaps around seven furlongs and a mile. Get Knotted was up 3lb for his York victory three weeks earlier and Tom Eaves was a bit unfortunate not to get a run sooner as he manoeuvred to find Get Knotted some racing room from two out.
Michael Dods’ four-year-old stayed on into third behind well-handicapped Certificate and he is thriving on this fast ground.
A course and distance winner over six furlongs in early July, Seduce Me was thrown into the deep end behind Fair Eva in a Group 3 at Ascot next time. Karl Burke kept her in good company in the Horn Blower Conditions Stakes here and Seduce Me ran a solid race in third behind well-regarded Phijee, leading until two out before being swallowed up.
She was staying on again at the finish and being a daughter of Dutch Art out of a Kyllachy mare, she will be interesting when encountering softer ground.
Only tenth in the handicap won by Breakable but Karl Burke’s filly found herself behind a wall of horses after losing a promising pitch early in the straight. Little Lady Katie would have appreciated more cut underfoot having scored twice on heavy at Newmarket and Nottingham this season, and she should get her ground in the autumn.
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