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FLYBOY ATR Tracker
(Musselburgh, 13 October)
Strong, imposing colt and David O'Meara's juvenile was given the ideal introduction in this one-mile maiden. The William Haggas-trained winner Nokhada brought some solid form into the race and Flyboy came through strongly into third from a long way off the pace. Plenty of scope for improvement.
TREVISANI ATR Tracker
(Kempton, 14 October)
Had looked devoid of speed in all three previous runs (finished fourth on each run) but the first-time blinkers galvanised David Lanigan's colt into life as he eased effortlessly clear to score by four lengths. Trevisani was sitting on a mark of 74 for this 1m 4f maiden and he should be competitive in handicap company.
MODEST ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 16 October)
Made a good fist of defying a 6lb penalty for her Catterick success over six furlongs 10 days earlier. Modest was just caught out by this drop to the minimum trip, closing down Curtain Call after a slightly interrupted passage. Michael Bell's Kyllachy filly has made steady progress in recent weeks.
VIZIER ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 16 October)
Vizier would not have been the most obvious horse to take out of this strong-looking maiden as he didn't show much in trailing home seventh, beaten almost 15 lengths, on his debut. However, Roger Varian's colt is built like a tank and his jockey was in no hurry to give him a rousing introduction. There will be other days.
BURREN VIEW LADY ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 17 October)
Well exposed in Ireland these days (formerly attached to Tim Easterby) but Denis Hogan's mare clearly relished her Tapeta experience in Class 5 company. Her jockey was keen to get across from a wide draw and Burren View Lady struck the front early in the straight, only to be mowed down by Available. Her passport may be stamped a few more times this winter.
PERCY STREET ATR Tracker
(Pontefract, 19 October)
Elevated to Listed class following his course victory 25 days earlier, Percy Street stayed on stoutly into third behind impressive winner Thanksfortellingme. Karl Burke's two-year-old son of Derby winner Sir Percy looked as if he might drop out of the picture when coming under pressure early in the short straight and is one for middle-distance handicaps.
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