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RIGHT DIRECTION CAN MAKE US FOR LOST TIME FOR SAEED BIN SUROOR
(Doncaster, 26 July)
The ground had eased to good to soft by the time Right Decision went to post for this 7f novice stakes and Saeed Bin Suroor’s filly clearly relished underfoot conditions as she powered clear of useful Bawaasil.
This was only the four-year-old’s third career start and Right Direction can make up for lost time through the rest of the season.
SIEGE OF BOSTON
(York, 27 July)
Having his first run back from a 69-day break, Siege Of Boston belied his 50-1 odds with a fine third in this Class 4 sprint over six furlongs.
The gelding found himself crowded for room just after halfway but picked his way through the pack to finish full of running.
An infrequent winner, Siege Of Boston is back to the mark which saw him score at Chelmsford City 12 months ago and John Balding is a dab hand with these types.
(Newmarket, 28 July)
Making his handicap debut, Saeed bin Suroor’s colt was a warm order to follow up his five lengths Salisbury victory (firm).
Pat Cosgrave elected to race down the centre of the track on rain-softened ground but the decisive action unfolded on the stands’ side where surprise winner Woody Bay and Keepup Kevin locked horns from a long way out.
Bedouin’s Story was switched right to mount his challenge but wasn’t good enough on the day.
The principals pulled seven lengths clear of the remainder and Bedouin’s Story still looks capable of defying his mark of 75, possibly when encountering a faster surface.
(Newcastle, 28 July)
Made a winning debut for Jedd O’Keefe following three solid runs for Brian Meehan and Breanski did it in some style.
Held up just off the pace by Graham Lee, Breanski was manoeuvred right to deliver his challenge, quickly putting this well-contested 7f handicap to bed.
The track was riding on the slow side but Breanski clocked a good time and clearly enjoys his racing at Newcastle, having won here over a mile for another previous trainer, David O’Meara.
(Ascot, 28 July)
Anchored some way adrift in last place by Tom Queally, Sleeping Lion found himself with too much ground to make up in the short straight and although staying on willingly into third, favourite backers knew their fate some way from home.
Sleeping Lion was up 5lb for his Newbury success, when hold-up tactics were again employed, and James Fanshawe’s three-year-old deserves another chance.
(Ayr, 30 July)
Turned out seven days after her wide-margin course and distance success, Mecca’s Spirit couldn’t repeat the dose.
The Michael Dods-trained filly broke sloppily and raced in rear until Paula Muir made an urgent, sweeping move to circle the field on the home bend.
Mecca’s Spirit struck the front out wide but her legs turned to jelly at the furlong pole as she faded into fifth spot behind Naples Bay.
She would have finished a good deal closer under a more judicious ride and the three-year-old probably remains in peak form.