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TWO JABS ATR Tracker
(Kempton, 18 November)
Having his first run for Mick Appleby and there appeared to be a bit left in the locker as narrow winner Two Jabs pricked his ears passing the post. The five-year-old clocked a very respectable time and a follow-up is very much on the cards.
CHINA GIRL ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 19 November)
Having her third run for William Knight and has shown enough to suggest she is up to winning a modest handicap. China Girl was a well-beaten fourth to Real Smart (first two well clear) but her previous placed efforts at Chelmsford and Windsor weren't devoid of promise.
NOBEL LEADER ATR Tracker
(Market Rasen, 19 November)
A half-brother to Lie Forrit, James Evans's five-year-old showed promise in the bumper (third). Nobel Leader, a winning pointer in Ireland, had the misfortune to run into two smart sorts in Irish hotpot Keeper Hill and the strapping Scarteen, but this was a most pleasing introduction after cutting out much of the running.
DELGANY DEMON ATR Tracker
(Ascot, 21 November)
Forfeited many lengths by continually jumping left, especially two out, but there's a good engine under the bonnet. Neil King's seven-year-old also lugged left when runner-up at Exeter on his previous start, so Delgany Demon may be returning to a left-handed circuit next time.
MOSSGO ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 21 November)
Mossgo has been a terrific servant to John Best, rattling off an early-summer Lingfield hat-trick and topping that off with another success at Kempton in August. Stepped up slightly in class here, Mossgo’s blistering early pace enabled him to hold a promising position throughout and although cut down by favourite Snow Cloud, there was no disgrace in defeat as the winner is useful. This was an excellent effort, coming three weeks after an unfortunate incident at Chelmsford when Mossgo got his nose caught in the stalls.
INEXES ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 21 November)
Showed some promise in two starts for John Gosden before joining Marjorie Fife. Inexes flopped at Hamilton on debut for his new stable but this was much more encouraging, with Inexes staying on into fourth behind Seychelloise from a disadvantageous draw in stall 11. The son of Exceed And Excel may get a little respite from this mark of 74 and could be the type to enjoy a synthetic surface.
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