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BADLY-DRAWN WAR GLORY RAN A CRAKER IN SILVER BUNBURY CUP
Tim Easterby’s three-year-old enjoyed a productive early-season campaign, scoring at Pontefract and York, and he is not finished yet.
Some 19 runners went to post for the Class 2 Bet365 Handicap over six furlongs and the field fanned across the track before merging just before halfway.
It all got a bit messy and David Allan didn’t have a lot of elbow room before switching to deliver his challenge over a furlong out.
Golden Apollo was never going to reel in Ekhtiyaar but finished with purpose into fourth spot.
Parfait, as the market indicated, proved a class apart in the Silver Bunbury Cup but this was a cracking effort from War Glory in fifth.
There was a discernible advantage to be gained racing up the stands’ rail and War Glory was hopelessly berthed in stall 19.
Sean Levey did his level best to manoeuvre his mount into a challenging position up the centre of the track before the bias kicked in and, hopefully, Richard Hannon’s gelding will enjoy better luck with the draw in one of the big summer handicaps.
Has been highly tried by Ian Williams this season, chasing home Permian at Newmarket in May before finishing a respectable sixth to Benbatl at Royal Ascot.
Speedo Boy’s laboured seventh to Marzouq in this 1m 2f handicap was, therefore, a bit disappointing but he was staying on steadily at the finish to suggest a slight rise in trip might be on the cards.
Perhaps significantly, he won on heavy ground in France last season and these slick summer surfaces may be just catching him out.
Has done all his recent winning on the all-weather for Mick Appleby but Supersta is a pretty useful tool on turf, too.
The six-year-old’s second to Makzeem over 7f at HQ in June has been well advertised and although on paper this was a rare blip, Supersta was disadvantaged by the way the race unfolded.
Settled well out of his ground, Supersta mounted his challenge in no man’s land wide and did quite well in the circumstances to finish fourth to Private Mission. There will be other days for Supersta.
Tony Curtis was quite highly tried in Group company as a three-year-old following a fourth to Stormy Atlantic in the 2016 Craven Stakes.
Consequently, the handicapper has been slow to release the hand-brake on the back of some modest efforts which saw Tony Curtis being sent off a 33-1 shot for the Bet365 Bunbury Cup.
Richard Hannon’s gelding outran those odds in fourth and even allowing for a draw bias (the first four home were drawn 19, 20, 15 and 12), this was a more encouraging effort.
Four-year-old middle distance handicappers are at their most vulnerable to improving and unexposed three-year-olds at this time of the year and Batts Rock had the misfortune to run into such a rival in Quloob.
Jamie Spencer sent Batts Rock to the front two out and the four-year-old looked the most likely winner until edging left under pressure.
The front pair locked horns before pulling clear and this was a performance of merit from Batts Rock.