PAD­DOCK PICKS

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SANDOWN JULY 26 (GOOD-SOFT) 7f two-year-old novice (Class 5) Above av­er­age race

BOLD REA­SON (John Gos­den) cost 420,000gns and took the eye de­spite look­ing a shade green and burly on his de­but.He lobbed along in front un­til run­ning out of gas be­fore the fur­long pole and will im­prove markedly for the out­ing. He’s from a fam­ily that han­dles easy ground and can surely win a maiden this au­tumn.

SANDOWN JULY 27 (SOFT) 5f two-year-old maiden (Class 5) Or­di­nary form

COUN­TER­FEIT (Richard Hughes) is a real brute of a colt who still looked short of peak fit­ness on what was his sec­ond out­ing. He was never se­ri­ously in­volved but looks the part and is prob­a­bly be­ing cam­paigned with nurs­eries/hand­i­caps in mind.Keep an eye on him.

AS­COT JULY 28 (GOOD-SOFT) 7f two-year-old fil­lies novice (Class 4) Fair form

GIVE AND TAKE (Wil­liam Hag­gas) didn’t look as for­ward as some of her ri­vals and was sent off an un­con­sid­ered 20-1 shot. She trav­elled well in rear af­ter a slug­gish start and kept on strongly close home to nab sec­ond.This was a solid de­but from a filly who will stay fur­ther (dam is an un­raced half-sis­ter to Fame And Glory) and she could be above av­er­age.

EXPRESSIY (Char­lie Ap­pleby) is a strong, at­trac­tive filly who at­tracted some sup­port near the off. She raced just be­hind the pace and ran right to the line for third. She looked to have a sound at­ti­tude de­spite be­ing fit­ted with a hood for this de­but and will be hard to beat next time.

6f two-year-old colts and geld­ings maiden (Class 2) Re­stricted to un­raced ju­ve­niles

MYTHICAL MAGIC (Char­lie Ap­pleby) is a par­tic­u­larly ma­ture look­ing colt and was a mas­sive pad­dock pos­i­tive de­spite get­ting a tad above him­self in the pre­lims. He de­liv­ered in some style, trav­el­ling best through­out and win­ning de­ci­sively un­der a con­fi­dent Adam Kirby. Mythical Magic went on to land a Listed event in France 16-days later and can bag a Group race this term.

Fil­lies and Mares Listed (Class 1) Com­pet­i­tive event

NATHRA (John Gos­den) looked in good shape on this re­turn from a 308-day break but proved wor­ry­ingly easy to back and was never re­ally placed to chal­lenge un­der a sym­pa­thetic Frankie Det­tori.She came home with plenty in the tank af­ter be­ing de­nied a run in the straight and showed im­proved form to fin­ish third in the Group 2 Hunger­ford Stakes at New­bury on Au­gust 19. She will win again back against her own sex.

GOOD­WOOD AU­GUST 1( GOOD-SOFT) 1m2f hand­i­cap (Class 2) Hot race with a messy fin­ish

UAE PRINCE (Roger Var­ian) has fi­nally started to ma­ture phys­i­cally and looked in tremen­dous shape.He moved par­tic­u­larly well to post but suf­fered a tor­rid pas­sage through a ridicu­lously messy race and did well to fin­ish fourth. He re­mains well treated off 97 and will surely win a valu­able prize this au­tumn.

SANDOWN AU­GUST 2( SOFT) 7f two-year-old novice (Class 5) Fair con­test

LA LA LAND (Jamie Os­borne) is a deep­girthed, ro­bust in­di­vid­ual who looked just in need of the out­ing. Slowly away and soon in rear, he fin­ished strongly to nab third spot and is cer­tain to im­prove as he gains ex­pe­ri­ence. There’s a race or two in him.

LEDHAM (Sir Michael Stoute) was the tallest mem­ber of the field and showed a low ac­tion to post which sug­gested he would not en­joy the bot­tom­less ground. He loomed up go­ing well at the two fur­long pole be­fore pre­dictably get­ting tired and re­treat­ing into fourth. Ledham will be hap­pier on a faster sur­face and should go well next time.

GOOD­WOOD AU­GUST 4 (SOFT) 1m hand­i­cap (Class 2) Red-hot race

BIRCHWOOD (Richard Fa­hey) looked in

fan­tas­tic shape and bounced back to his best by fin­ish­ing third. A mile prob­a­bly stretches his stamina to break­ing point and this strong-trav­el­ling sort can surely pick-up a valu­able 7f hand­i­cap this au­tumn.

1m3f three-year-old hand­i­cap (Class 3) Above av­er­age race

WAL­TON STREET (Char­lie Ap­pleby) is a tall,hand­some geld­ing who did not make his de­but un­til win­ning a Pon­te­fract maiden in mid-July. He still looked raw here, sit­ting last turn­ing for home be­fore pro­duc­ing a sus­tained burst to run out a ready win­ner. He’s much bet­ter than a run-of-the-mill per­former and must be fol­lowed off a re­vised mark of 94.

OPINIONATE (Amanda Per­rett) has al­ways been a good-look­ing in­di­vid­ual and cer­tainly im­pressed on this re­turn from a 202-day break. He was com­ing with a dan­ger­ous chal­lenge when ham­pered two-out and shaped bet­ter than his fin­ish­ing po­si­tion (sev­enth) sug­gests.He’s well treated at present and will win hand­i­caps.

KEMP­TON AU­GUST 9 (STAN­DARD-SLOW) 7f two-year-old fil­lies novice (Class 4) Race that will pro­duce win­ners

VERANDAH (John Gos­den) is the sort of scopey,im­pos­ing filly that would stand-out in any pad­dock. She was al­lowed to mooch round in rear for the first half of the race be­fore pro­duc­ing a sus­tained burst from the two fur­long pole to win read­ily. She’s bred to be smart – half­sis­ter to the crack­ing pair Spa­cious and Di­men­sion – and must be fol­lowed.This is surely a Group win­ner wait­ing to hap­pen.

FILLE DE REVE (EdWalker) is an at­trac­tive, slightly leggy filly.She was another to start slowly but grabbed the eye trav­el­ling strongly up the straight.Jockey Jim Crow­ley was prob­a­bly caught nap­ping when Verandah quick­ened clear on the other side of the pack,but Fille De Reve picked up pleas­ingly when asked and came home a promis­ing sec­ond.She’ll im­prove and win races.

7f three-year-old hand­i­cap (Class 5) Com­pet­i­tive event

TOBRAVE (RogerVar­ian) did not ful­fil his prom­ise in 2016 but has been gelded since and looked in de­cent shape on this re­turn from a 286-day break. He might have won but for be­ing de­nied a run at a cru­cial stage and is ob­vi­ously well treated at present.Ex­pect a bold show next time.

SANDOWN AU­GUST 10( SOFT) 1m two-year-old maiden (Class 5) Im­pres­sive win­ner

DUBHE (Char­lie Ap­pleby) is a deep­girthed, hand­some colt who will al­ways carry con­di­tion. He was heav­ily backed and im­pressed through­out the race, mov­ing smoothly in the lead and run­ning out a cosy win­ner un­der a con­fi­dent Wil­liam Buick. There was plenty to like about this dis­play and he looks a smart prospect.

MT AUGUSTUS (Henry Candy) is a good-look­ing, ath­letic colt who looked in need of the ex­pe­ri­ence here. He was never go­ing to be sharp enough to win, but shaped with plenty of prom­ise in fourth and will win races.

NEW­BURY AU­GUST 18( SOFT) 7f two-year-old maiden (Class 4) Fair form

PURSER (John Gos­den) was the sub­ject of heavy sup­port and cer­tainly looked fit for his de­but. He was given a per­fect in­tro­duc­tion by Ryan Moore, be­ing al­lowed time to find his bear­ings be­fore get­ting up close home un­der hands-and-heels to win by a cosy head.He must have en­joyed this ex­pe­ri­ence and will go on to big­ger and bet­ter things.

7f two-year-old maiden (Class 4) Fair form

IS­TAN­BUL SUL­TAN (Wil­liam Hag­gas) looked in need of the ex­pe­ri­ence and shaped with plenty of prom­ise in fifth. This was def­i­nitely a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and he will be a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion next time.

SOL­DIERS BAY (Brian Mee­han) was notably green and looked clue­less to post. Bear­ing that in mind he did ex­cep­tion­ally well to run on strongly into sixth un­der a quiet ride. There’s much more to come from this son of a Ger­man Listed win­ner.

5f hand­i­cap (Class 4) Or­di­nary event

STORM OVER (Robert Cow­ell) looks a proper sprinter and came here de­fend­ing a two-race un­beaten record. He was well backed near the off but didn’t move like a horse who would ap­pre­ci­ate rain-soft­ened ground and started to wheel-spin when asked to quicken in­side the fi­nal fur­long. He did well to fin­ish a close third and re­mains one to fol­low.

6f two-year-old fil­lies novice (Class 4) Fair form

BESHAAYIR (Wil­liam Hag­gas) was heav­ily sup­ported be­fore this de­but and made plenty of pad­dock ap­peal, be­ing tall and rangy with a touch of class.

She was nursed through the race on badly poached ground and lost noth­ing in de­feat be­hind a more ex­pe­ri­enced ri­val in a tight fin­ish. She will im­prove past her ri­vals here and looks use­ful.

AIM OF ARTEMIS (Sir Michael Stoute) looked back­ward for this de­but but hails from a classy fam­ily (half-sis­ter to the smart filly Abing­don) and shaped with real prom­ise in third. She’s got plenty of scope and will win when moved up in trip.

NEW­BURY AU­GUST 19 (SOFT) 1m2f hand­i­cap (Class 4) Run-of-the-mill event

NATHAN (Alan King) has taken an age to come to hand and con­tin­ued his progress with a ready win. He still looks green – ran about un­der pres­sure here – and is the sort to im­prove through­out the au­tumn. Use­ful colt should be fol­lowed.

7f hand­i­cap (Class 3) Race marred by non-run­ners

GRAPHITE STORM (Clive Cox) looked in good shape and trav­elled like a dream. Un­for­tu­nately he al­lowed the win­ner Squats too much rope be­fore giv­ing chase and was still three-parts of a length down at the line.He’s fairly treated, will be suited by a fast pace/big field and should win this au­tumn.

1m4f three-year-old maiden (Class 3) Race fill of late ma­tur­ing types

ER­DO­GAN (John Gos­den) is just about the best bred horse in train­ing – by Frankel out of the top class Dar Re Mi – but has a mas­sive frame to fill and has taken an age to come to hand. He ran green through­out but ran on pleas­ingly into third un­der a con­sid­er­ate ride. He’ll will win races pro­vided he re­mains sound.

Birchwood

Coun­ter­feit

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