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SIR MICHAEL STOUTE'S UNDER ATTACK HAS A WORKABLE HANDICAP MARK
By no means one of Richard Fahey’s bright young things but there are plenty of low-grade three-year-old handicaps in the north to exploit.
Carnageo showed precious little on his previous start, beating only one home at Wolverhampton (25-1), and he still looked pretty raw here, blowing the start and always struggling to play catch-up.
The penny eventually dropped and Carnageo ran on into fifth behind enterprisingly ridden Billy Roberts and the handicapper may see fit to drop him a little from this opening mark of 70.
Ryan Moore headed north to partner Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old colt over the extended seven-furlong trip but Arab Poet was forced to play second fiddle to impressive Garcia.
He didn’t look entirely happy on the track, racing in arrears, but Moore manoeuvred him into a winning position over a furlong out before Garcia put him in his place.
There’s plenty of scope for improvement, probably over further.
Rated 90 on the back of his Goodwood maiden success in the autumn, Harrison ran into the potentially smart three-year-old Stargazer, in the process turning over form with Paris Protocol, his debut conqueror at Newbury in September.
Mick Channon has restricted Harrison to easy surfaces in three starts, so he may be a little ground dependent through the summer months.
Nibbled before the off at very loud prices, Kaatskill Nap (20-1) briefly flattered on the outside before flattening out into fifth behind well-regarded winner Gunnery.
Beaten only three lengths, this was an encouraging first run since being gelded and David Menuisier could find the chestnut a middle-distance handicap somewhere down the line.
Sir Michael Stoute’s slick production line of improving middle-distance three year olds is in full swing and Du Moto will be adding to this impressive victory under regular rider Ted Durcan.
Settled nicely in rear, Du Moto made up his ground smoothly before stretching clear to supplement his recent Pontefract maiden success on much deeper ground.
Du Moto has clearly wintered very well and there is more to come from this Galileo colt.
Another Stoute three-year-old and the master trainer knows this family well as he trained Under Attack’s dam, Ship’s Biscuit, a 100-rated handicapper up to 1m 6f.
Under Attack, a son of Dubawi, caught a tartar in William Haggas’s much-touted Victory Bond but finished well clear of the rest in this 1m 2f maiden.
He showed promise in both his juvenile maidens behind smart sorts Cymric and Ibn Malik respectively, and made a satisfactory return at Chelmsford behind Hugo Palmer’s Murad Khan.
Under Attack can be placed to advantage off this 80 handicap mark.
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