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MAGHFOOR CAN SCORE DOWN IN TRIP
This turned into a bit of a nightmare for the backers of Luca Cumani’s three-year-old as Rigoletto was crowded at a vital stage. Ryan Moore dictated matters superbly on winner Surrey Hope but Rigoletto was poised to close him down when encountering interference over a furlong out. Twice a winner in June, Rigoletto was having only his fifth start and is going the right way.
Placed on all four outings this season, Notice is capable of landing a decent middle-distance prize for David Simcock. He was the only one to give front-running Cribbs Causeway (pair clear) a scare in what looked an above-average handicap and it is only a matter of time before the filly adds to last season’s brace of Yarmouth victories.
Favourite backers were counting their dosh when Jimmy Quinn eased Maghfoor to the front halfway up the straight in this two-mile handicap. However, the picture changed very quickly as the Godolphin colt hit the wall and faded right out of contention behind Attention Seeker.
Maghfoor, the winner of a 1m 4f Haydock maiden on quick ground back in April, remains capable of picking up an average handicap when returned to a shorter trip.
Off the track for four months but found only the very impressive Sharja Bridge too good in this mile maiden. Brian Meehan’s gelding travelled kindly for Graham Lee on the heels of the leaders and this was a promising return. The form of Rising’s previous start behind Tamleek at Newmarket in April could hardly have worked out much better as that maiden was stacked with subsequent winners.
Heavy overnight rain compromised the chance of this previous fast ground maiden winner, so it was a surprise to see him going off favourite for this 1m 4f handicap. As might have been anticipated, Stone The Crows blew out completely, racing on probably the slowest part of the track before stopping to nothing over two out. Roger Charlton’s gelding is better judged on his second to Sofia’s Rock at Haydock (firm) but may struggle to find his favoured quick surfaces in the autumn. The all-weather could be an option.
Graham Lee had to sit and suffer as he found himself boxed in on the rails emerging from stall one and he eventually gave up the ghost, allowing his mount to coast home in the ruck. Sovereign Bounty was bidding to repeat last year’s success in this mile handicap and looks primed to strike soon.