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HUMBLE HERO CAN MAKE IT THIRD TIME LUCKY IN MAIDENS
Ryan Moore certainly earned his fee as he was pushing the ears off Humble Hero from a long way out.
William Haggas’s colt eventually decided to give it a go but Moore’s efforts were ultimately in vain, with Humble Hero failing on the nod to catch Cross Step, with another Godolphin horse, the reluctant Glassy Waters, close up in third.
Humble Hero also finished second on his debut at Haydock but deserves another chance to make it third time lucky in maidens.
Headgear will no doubt have been mentioned after this performance.
Jim Goldie’s sprinter was backed to recover heavy losses after her Hamilton flop five days earlier but she fly-leapt and blew the start.
Sea Of Green made up a lot of ground to finish third, not a bad effort under the circumstances, and the mare showed a liking for Ayr on her previous second to subsequent Dundalk scorer Duncan Of Scotland.
She can pick up a low-grade affair this summer.
Improved for the step up to 1m 4f to finish runner-up at Beverley and Tim Easterby’s gelding again found only one too good in the shape of improving En Vie En Rose.
Breakwater Bay enjoyed himself out in front and had his rivals on the stretch turning for home.
Momentarily it looked as if he had shrugged them all off until the winner appeared on his shoulder quite quickly a furlong out and the writing was on the wall.
There is a race to be won with him up north.
Having his fourth career start for Marco Botti but had no answer when Etikaal swept past in this 7f handicap.
The winner was showing improved form in first-time cheek-pieces and clocked a respectable time in the process.
Falbon had earlier chased home Alfarris here over a mile, with that horse going down by a short head to Melting Dew on the same card.
It’s hard to knock Falbon on those efforts.
Going from strength-to-strength for Les Eyre and clearly relishes this fast ground.
Another key to his improved form this season has been a fast pace.
Cosmic Ray can take a tug and the harder they go up front the better, as he can sit in behind like a sniper eyeing up his targets.
That scenario worked our perfectly here for Joe Fanning and Cosmic Ray could win again before the assessor drops anchor.
Typically tough and likeable Mark Johnston mare, equally effective from 1m 4f to two miles, and she poked her head in front after a couple of near-misses.
Yorkidding was mugged close home in the 188Bet Chester Cup before producing another sterling effort in the Braveheart Handicap at Hamilton when just losing out in a blanket finish.
Yorkidding has become well exposed but her trainer has the admirable knack of squeezing out sustained progress with these types.
She might be even better with a little give underfoot, as well.