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Jacamar Can Soon Atone For Newton Abbot Blip

MANOR PARK

3rd - Visit attheraces.com Handicap Hurdle (Div II), Tuesday 4th August

Manor Park was regressive over hurdles for Alan King but showed signs of a revival on his first start for Brian Barr at Southwell. Held up on the first circuit, he started to make headway down the back straight on the final circuit and by the end of it he was starting to pull clear of the rest of the field alongside Christopher Robin.

Pushed along entering the home straight, he jumped two out in a share of the lead but started to tire from that point and after landing flat-footed at the last he finished 13½ lengths behind the winner in third.

The trip looked to stretch Manor Park’s stamina but the manner in which he travelled through the race suggests that he could win a race off 96 over a shorter distance. 

JACAMAR

RO - oldgoldracing.com Thrill Of Ownership Handicap Hurdle, Wednesday 5th August

Jacamar ran well in some strong handicap hurdles in the autumn last season and on his return after a 179-day break he was doing likewise until his race ended in unusual circumstances. He raced at the head of the chasing group behind Hallings Comet and Magical Thomas throughout the first circuit and had made headway with Pagero to be just behind that pair at three out.

Jacamar was still travelling smoothly when Kevin Jones tried to force his way on the inside of Hallings Comet leaving the back straight despite no clear gap being there and ended up running out on the inside as a result.

The ease with which Jacamar was travelling suggests he would at least have been competitive in the finish. On this evidence he looks capable of winning a class 3 or 4 handicap hurdle before going back into deeper waters in handicap company.

THEFAITHFULINDIAN

5th - Leopardstown Handicap (Div II), Thursday 6th August

Thefaithfulindian ran well in defeat in three of her latest four starts on the flat prior to running at Leopardstown and did so once again after enduring a nightmare passage in the straight. Held up about three quarters of the way down the field through the first mile, she started to make a bit of headway leaving the back straight and was still travelling well turning into the home straight.

She was hampered early in the straight and had to switch inside. Having briefly found a clear run, she had to be switched right and she was running on well late before having to be steadied again as her path was blocked.

Thefaithfulindian may have to rely on luck in running given her running style and she could face this problem again but she looks to have more ability than her rating of 53 if getting a fair chance to show it.

GLOBAL AGREEMENT

2nd - Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Juvenile Hurdle (GBB Race), Friday 7th August

Global Agreement was only rated 56 on the flat but he looks capable of making more of an impact in the national hunt sphere judging by his hurdling debut at Cartmel. Held up towards the back of the field, his jumping often lacked fluency but he started to make headway on the long run to two out and jumped that hurdle in fourth.

His progress continued on the very long run to the last and he briefly looked a possible threat to Naizagai after passing To Fly Free as they turned towards the final hurdle. However, he couldn’t get any closer to Naizagai after the last, with Kevin Jones dropping his whip not helping matters, and he finished 5½ lengths behind him in second.

Given the jumping errors, it was encouraging that Global Agreement could run so well and if those can be ironed out with experience, he can get off the mark in a juvenile hurdle before the big yards start running their three-year-olds. 

SCAMPI

5th - British EBF Maiden Stakes, Friday 7th August

Scampi was sent off an unconsidered 66-1 chance for his debut at Sandown but shaped with promise while looking very green. After walking out of the stalls, he showed plenty of inexperience through the early stages and regularly had to be shaken along while racing at the back of the field.

Pushed along with three furlongs to go, he gradually stayed on despite wandering around through greenness and finished fifth, 5¾ lengths behind the winner.

This was a promising debut from Scampi considering how green he was and he’s likely to come into his own over middle distances next season.  

AWAY TO SEA

4th - Thanks To All The Frontline Workers From Tipperary Racecourse Maiden, Friday 7th August

Away To Sea was another outsider to catch the eye in a maiden on Friday, running well when finishing fourth at Tipperary. After being a bit awkwardly away from the stalls, he was briefly shaken along to gather his stride and race towards the back of the main group. He remained in that position until trying to make headway turning the final bend where he was hampered.

Pushed along entering the straight, he had to be switched on a couple of occasions to get a clear run and appeared to be making little headway but once given a crack a furlong out he suddenly picked up very well and stayed on strongly to finish 4¼ lengths behind the winner.

Although the favourite disappointed, I think this was a decent maiden with Danger Money since not being disgraced in Listed company and Dewcup showed a good level of ability in bumpers.

Away To Sea can progress plenty for this experience and he could become a dual purpose prospect in the long term. He’s by Born To Sea, whose progeny have made a good start over obstacles including Triumph Hurdle runner-up Aspire Tower, and is a half-brother to Grade 2-winning hurdler Thomas Hobson.

CRAZYWORK DE VASSY

Fell - Follow @KilbegganRaces On Instagram Handicap Chase, Saturday 8th August

Crazywork De Vassy may have missed an opportunity at Kilbeggan to add to his solitary victory under rules but he showed that a rating of 106 underestimates his ability. Wearing blinkers for the second time in his career, he was sent to the front at the start and raced enthusiastically and jumped well for most of the race.

He got in a bit close at the second fence on the final circuit but still maintained a clear advantage and after a slick jump at three out he had most of the field in trouble. A large advertising sign makes it difficult to see exactly what happened at two out but he appeared to clip the top and crumpled on landing. If the blinkers continue to have the same impact in the future, Crazywork De Vassy can make up for this unfortunate defeat particularly around fairly sharp tracks where he can put rivals under pressure from the front.

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