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MAGIC CITY ATR Tracker
(Kempton, 12 November)
Produced a strong performance to stretch clear of some useful sorts in this Class 2 Conditions event, going one better than 12 months ago when chasing home easy winner Grey Mirage. Richard Hannon's five-year-old clocked a very respectable time and could develop into a smart type on synthetic surfaces.
AIAAM AL NAMOOS ATR Tracker
(Wetherby, 15 November)
Caught the eye when beating subsequent winners The Grey Taylor and Vinnie Red in a Doncaster bumper in April but has proved a shade disappointing over hurdles. John Wade's son of Teofilo again appeared to hit a flat spot before keeping on in the novices' hurdle scooped by One Track Mind. Aiaam Al Namoos may well make up into a decent handicapper.
ALFRED HUTCHINSON ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 15 November)
Has found life tough since running third to Captain Cat in April's All-Weather Championships' Final, but he was well found in the betting market here on his first run for 70 days, with William Buick booked. Alfred Hutchinson proved no match for Big Baz, forfeiting his pitch on the home bend and looking one-paced when switched wide. The handicapper knows all about him these days, but this run may just have been needed and it would be precipitous, and perhaps folly, to write him off.
POLYBIUS ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 15 November)
David Lanigan's three-year-old was the subject of solid support, despite an awkward wide berth, and his supporters never held out much hope in this Listed six-furlong event. Polybius eventually made up ground to grab third and is worth another chance when the draw is kinder.
ACT YOUR SHOE SIZE ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 16 November)
Considering she was capable of winning off a mark of 80 in the summer of 2013, Keith Dalgleish's mare sits on a handy perch of 58 if she can rediscover some of her old spark. There were green shoots of recovery here, a third place suggesting all is not lost.
KINGS LAD ATR Tracker
(Fontwell, 16 November)
Colin Tizzard has always held a penchant for stock of King's Theatre and he has another promising chaser on his hands in Kings Lad. Reappearing only four days after unseating behind Ptit Zig at Exeter, front-running Kings Lad routed his field with an exhibition round of slick fencing. He was a decent handicap hurdler, but promises to raise the bar even higher in this sphere.
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