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MUSTAQBAL ATR Tracker
(Beverley, 23 April)
After three maiden outings over six furlongs, Hamdan Al Maktoum's colt belied his 16-1 starting price by giving hot favourite Go Dan Go a real fright. Mustaqbal is starting off life in handicaps from a very workable mark (62 here) and should pick up a race or two.
VOSNE ROMANEE ATR Tracker
(Sandown, 25 April)
Found this company a bit too strong and would have preferred a sounder surface, but Vosne Romanee still emerged with credit behind tough winner Lil Rockerfeller. Dr Richard Newland's gelding jumped and travelled well, and briefly moved into a challenging position early in the straight before fading out of the picture. A winner at Fontwell and Cartmel last summer, Vosne Romanee can pay his way again under optimum conditions.
RESONANT ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 25 April)
Showed bits and pieces of form in three quick maiden outings in the autumn and Resonant could be another Mark Johnston three-year-old to mature into a fairly decent handicapper as the season progresses. The colt was slightly outpaced and tightened up on the rail at a crucial stage, before rallying gamely when switched to take third place.
GRAN CANARIA QUEEN ATR Tracker
(Wetherby, 26 April)
A low draw appeared a significant advantage over the new flat track's dog-leg sprint, so Gran Canaria Queen did well to snatch fourth spot from stall 10. Tim Easterby's mare was a wide-margin scorer at Carlisle last July and looks fairly handicapped to score again when encountering a sound surface.
KEEP IN LINE ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 27 April)
Flopped when well supported on his sole start at Kempton in the autumn and again finished out of the frame in this nine-furlong maiden. However, that doesn't tell the whole story as Keep In Line, travelling nicely on the rail, got trapped behind a weakening rival on the home bend and was shuffled back to last. Thereafter, his young rider wasn't hard on the Godolphin colt but Keep In Line picked up encouragingly into fifth behind useful looking winner Scooner. Handicaps will be his forte.
STOLEN STORY ATR Tracker
(Windsor, 27 April)
Proved weak in the market but strong in the finish as Tom Queally produced Stolen Story with a powerful run to lead close home. George Margarson has a progressive three-year-old colt on his hands and Stolen Story clearly appreciated this significant step up in trip from a mile to almost 12 furlongs.
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