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Saturday 8 August Ascot 1.50 Theotherside

Saturday 8 August Ascot 4.45 Han Solo Berger


8 August Cartmel: Naizagai A useful maiden on the flat for Roger Varian, got off the mark at the first time of asking over hurdles for Fergal O’Brien when making all for a three and a half lengths success at Cartmel – beating Global Agreement, with a further 18 lengths back in third place to the David Pipe trained To Fly Free. It didn’t look the strongest of races, but Naizagai did it well enough to suggest that he could be up to running up a sequence. Looks a good buy for his new connections.

Doug Campbell

31 July Goodwood: Glass Slippers is running into form and given a bit of cut is well capable of giving Battaash plenty to think about, particularly in Paris if they both turn up for the Abbaye.

Gary Sears

31 July Galway: Rewritetherules seemed a long way out of his ground but travelled beautifully. Didn’t get home but all his form is on good ground and worth looking out for when conditions are in his favour

Gary Sears

24 July Newton Abbot: Beat The Judge scored at the second time of asking over fences at Newton Abbot where the jumping department appeared impressive. A fairly close eighth in the Country Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020 and former listed placed five year old is an interesting novice chaser especially this summer as he seems to prefer quick ground at flat tracks. 

Kyle Merrick

23 July Sandown: Impulsive One Poorly drawn and an unconsidered 25/1 chance on debut, but performed better than the odds suggested to finish fifth of the thirteen runners – beaten a shade under eight lengths behind the surprise winner Etonian in what appeared a fair Maiden. He never looked like threatening the principals that day, but should come on for the experience and be found winnable opportunities before the season is through. May well appreciate a step up to a mile as well.

Doug Campbell

23 July Sandown: This looked a useful staying handicap and the relatively inexperienced Postileo did well, widest of all up the straight, running a bit green and looking as though he could show more than average improvement.

Gary Sears

22 July Yarmouth: Praised for William Haggas and Cheveley Park Stud made eye-catching progress on debut after missing break. Will know more next time and should be ready to win.

Whistlejacket

18 July Haydock: Space Walk is an improving four year old who scored at Haydock for the second time on 18 July over 1m6f. He has a big stride and staying is the name of the game with him. He likes the rain as he powered on well and maybe worth bearing in mind in future staying handicaps, especially on soft going. 

Kyle Merrick

17 July Limerick – Trusted Ally ran a race full of promise on his debut at Limerick over six-and-a-half-furlongs, finishing a nose and a neck third behind Giorgio Vasari and Alex D, in what is likely to prove an above average Maiden. Improvement looks almost assured with experience , and he is one to keep a close eye on in the coming months. Should have no trouble staying at least a mile.

Doug Campbell

17 July Limerick: Himalayan Beauty – Making her debut, this daughter of The Gurkha was held up towards the rear, racing a little green. But ran on fairly well in the home straight to finish four and a half lengths sixth behind the Aiden O’Brien trained Finest. It was an eyecatching effort over six and a half furlongs and should stay up to a mile as a juvenile. Sure to be placed to good effect in similar company.

Doug Campbell

15 July Yarmouth – North Point has been withdrawn on fast ground before but was allowed to take his chance here and did ok, not being knocked about after finding trouble in running. Has the scope to progress through the season and should make a decent handicapper.

Gary Sears

11 July Leopardstown – Toshizou – a son of Galileo out of a Listed placed mare over six furlongs. Put up an encouraging debut, held up and travelling quite well until being caught a little flat footed as they turned for home. Toshizou finished to some effect inside the final furlong, finishing third – a head and a length behind the useful looking Masen and 66/1 longshot Charterhouse. That run was over seven furlongs, and he should come on for the experience and find a similar race within his capabilities. Toshizou should have no trouble staying an extra furlong either.

Doug Campbell

8 July Newbury – Exhibit didn’t have much chance racing on the unfavoured part of the track and did well in the circumstances. Has been dropped a couple of pounds and should be up to winning something similar

Gary Sears

4 July Haydock – Shouldering travelled strongly on debut and looked the sort to show more than average improvement

Gary Sears

29 June Windsor – Theotherside travelled strongly and was impressive in winning in what looked a good time. Only raised 6lb can progress through the handicap and not a surprise if she eventually makes into a stakes filly

Gary Sears

28 June Newmarket – Concessions (Empress Fillies Stakes). Probably  an obvious one but she was all over the place midway through the race. Finished well to get second behind what looks a very nice filly.

Gary McKenzie

28 June 28 June  Daark Lady (Carnarvon Stakes) missed the break almost coming out sideways. Made some progress close home but looked after when beaten. First run of the season and also since wind surgery so should hopefully come on for that. 

Gary McKenzie

18 June Ascot – Soffika is bred to stay well and this mile was too short for her but she kept on strongly and when upped in trip is likely to prove very useful especially given her trainers mastery with this type of filly.

Gary Sears

13 June Sandown – The Gill Brothers  tends to be a bit keen in his races and was again here but shaped well. Lightly raced for a 4 year old and with plenty of scope to continue to improve he could be one for a decent handicap especially if reverting to the all weather.

Gary Sears

3 June Kempton – Han Solo Berger is a five-year-old who has been gradually progressing in class recently and has started this summer is flying form. A hard fought win at Kempton was backed up on the turf at Newmarket. A consistent horse who may have a super summer ahead. And if not all-weather, he would be intriguing during the winter months. 

Kyle Merrick

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