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PARLIAMENTARIAN CAN PROGRESS FURTHER IN STAYING HANDICAPS
Having witnessed Charlie Appleby’s three-year-old struggling to win a 1m 1f Hamilton maiden the previous month, it was jaw-dropping to observe his improvement over this sterner 1m 6f examination.
The portents didn’t look promising four out when the Dubawi colt dropped to the rear, but Parliamentarian found a second wind, pouncing late with a lung-bursting thrust to nail the wayward but progressive St Michel on the line.
With a rating of 83 here, Parliamentarian has a few pounds in hand of the assessor and will be interesting when stepping into better staying handicaps.
Taken off her feet in this hot five-furlong handicap and never showed in finishing seventh to Midnight Malibu.
Fredricka hasn’t much leeway to exploit in the ratings but she is just the type to pop up a price, especially as she often runs well in late summer/autumn.
Watch where David Barron places her in the coming weeks as she may not find herself pitted against speedsters of the calibre encountered at Ascot.
Proved pretty friendless in the betting (11-1) but James Given’s three-year-old made Briyouni pull out all the stops, with the pair pulling well clear after a rare old tussle from the two-furlong marker.
This initial try at seven furlongs, plus the addition of blinkers for the first time, seemed to eke some improvement out of the 74-rated King Of Swing.
Was well backed to repeat last year’s triumph in the Sky Bet Dash off a 3lb higher perch but could never trouble Kimberella and co after an awkward break.
Charlie Hills had given him a pipe-opener following a 280-day absence when down the field in the Bunbury Cup a fortnight earlier and Tanzeel is probably operating a little below par at present.
His next run should tell us a bit more.
Once an 80-rated all-weather handicapper for Mick Appleby, Bognor is now in the care of Michael Attwater and has hinted lately that his new mark of 60 can open up a winning opportunity in weak company.
The five-year-old outran his 33-1 odds in finishing third to Fast And Hot in this 10-furlong handicap, especially with the track riding a good bit faster than he would appreciate.
Having his first run for Keith Dalgleish and clearly something was expected as War Department was bet into 7-2.
His backers must have been tearing their hair out as Joe Fanning found his route repeatedly barred until his mount stayed on late into fourth spot behind Yulong Xiongba.
War Department paid the penalty for a wide-margin debut win at Leicester last May when trained by William Haggas, stepping into handicap company on a mark of 90 which proved beyond him.
The three-year-old raced off 74 here and there are plenty of opportunities looming on the northern circuit in the weeks ahead.
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