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GOLDEN STUNNER LOOKS ANOTHER BECKETT FILLY TO FOLLOW
A 50-1 shot on his debut when a promising fifth to Autocratic at Sandown, Sir Valentine took another step forward in finishing third to Great Order.
Given plenty of time to find his stride after a tardy break, Alan King’s three-year-old stayed every yard of this 10-furlong maiden and Sir Valentine is making up into a potentially decent middle-distance handicapper.
This small field was always going to present problems as Bush Beauty ideally needs covering up for a late swoop.
Instead, Bush Beauty found herself slugging it out with Italian Beauty some distance from home and it is to her credit she only capitulated in the dying strides.
Eric Alston’s five-year-old was an unlucky loser on her previous visit to Haydock when denied a clear run and is worth another chance.
Completed her hat-trick in splendid fashion and the profile of Ralph Beckett’s filly is on a fast upwards curve.
Golden Stunner, a daughter of Dream Ahead, had previously shown her liking for soft ground but she seemed equally at home on this much firmer surface.
Possessed of a smart turn of foot, she is one to follow.
A frustrating character but Mark Johnston is just the trainer to turn his fortunes around.
Juste Pour Nous was off the bridle early for 5lb claimer Ross Coakley but took hold of the bit halfway up the straight to mount a serious challenge on the outside.
Eventually just denied by Godolphin’s rallying Town’s History, tricky Juste Pour Nous could have a decent handicap in him.
As a fully paid-up member of the James McDonald fan club, it was a treat to watch the quick-thinking Kiwi riding at the top of his game at HQ.
Trenches, just pipped on his Newcastle debut three weeks earlier, was given a cracking ride to land this seven-furlong maiden with nothing to spare.
The son of War Front wouldn’t be near the top of the Godolphin pecking order but looks one to be with when sent handicapping.
Off the track for 58 days following a disappointing effort in the competitive Silver Bowl at Haydock but shaped with promise in seventh behind the in-form grey Dream Walker.
Another Touch, a dual juvenile winner, proved he had trained on for Richard Fahey by chasing home Carrington at Doncaster in April and was a bit unfortunate to find himself trapped behind a couple of weakening horses on the inside in this mile handicap.
He goes well with cut in the ground and could enjoy a profitable autumn.
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