EYE CATCH­ERS

Stephen Mullen with some horses to note from re­cent Flat ac­tion

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Stephen Mullen with horses to fol­low from re­cent Flat ac­tion

THE NEW PHAROAH (Le­ices­ter, Sept 12, 1m4f, Class 4 Hand­i­cap, GS)

You might not ex­pect to see a six-year-old in an eye­catch­ers fea­ture but Chris Wall’s hand­i­cap­per def­i­nitely has an­other win in him. This wasn’t a bad race for the grade with pro­gres­sive three-year-olds fill­ing the places.

The New Pharaoh was fourth home af­ter be­ing held up for a long time – too long a time — by Ted Dur­can.He fin­ished strongly de­spite hav­ing to be switched and was gain­ing well by the line.

He seems to like a lit­tle cut in the ground and is ca­pa­ble of strik­ing from some­where near his cur­rent mark of 75.

TIVOLI (Le­ices­ter, Sept 12, 7f, Class 4 Fil­lies’ Novice Stakes, GS)

John Gos­den may choose to drop this beau­ti­fully bred filly back to 6f af­ter she didn’t seem to get home here.Af­ter be­ing well backed, she looked all over the win­ner un­der Frankie Det­tori be­fore run­ning out of petrol in the fi­nal 100 yards.

This dis­tance will clearly suit in time but, for now, she can strike over a sprint trip. She went in quicker ground ear­lier this sea­son so all go­ing seems to come the same.

BALGAIR (Kemp­ton, Sept 13, 1m, Class 6 Hand­i­cap, ST)

Af­ter a frus­trat­ing early sum­mer on turf, this three-year-old took well to Kemp­ton’s all-weather sur­face, fin­ish­ing a close sec­ond. Con­sid­er­ing it was the first time he’d been on the sand, it was an en­cour­ag­ing ef­fort and one that can be built on.

A mark of 65, which may rise slightly, looks more than suit­able and there will be plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties this win­ter. He came from a long way off the pace here and clearly did bet­ter than ex­pected here. This mile is an ideal trip.

KNOW­ING GLANCE (Ch­ester, Sept 15, 7f, Class 4 Nurs­ery Hand­i­cap, HVY)

The ground was test­ing on the Roodee and it clearly didn’t suit Know­ing Glance, who would pre­fer a faster sur­face.De­spite that he trav­elled well but just couldn’t go through with his ef­fort in the con­di­tions.

He was com­ing back from a break and looks ca­pa­ble of im­prov­ing on this. He doesn’t need it fast but just not as deep as this. He can win off this mark of 71 with the 7f trip not an is­sue.

NATHAN (Ch­ester, Sept 15, 1m2f, Class 3 Hand­i­cap, HVY)

Only four turned up for this and that dis­ad­van­taged Nathan who didn’t like the

dawdling pace. He still per­formed well and was only run out of it in­side the fi­nal fur­long.

The ground wasn’t re­ally the is­sue as he likes some cut.What he needs is a slightly big­ger field and a more even pace to get back in win­ning form.

SIMMY’S COPSHOP (Ch­ester, Sept 16, 5f, Class 3 Nurs­ery Hand­i­cap, HVY)

Be­ing drawn in stall eight over 5f at Ch­ester is never easy so Simmy’s Copshop did well to fin­ish third over a trip that’s on the sharp side too.He didn’t mind the heavy ground be­cause it made this more of a stamina test but he clearly needs 6f and a bet­ter draw if he heads back to the Roodee. If the hand­i­cap­per sees fit to lower his mark slightly from 89 he would be a threat any­where in the com­ing weeks.

WIL­LIAM HILL ST LEGER (Don­caster, Sept 16, 1m6f Group 1, GD)

It’s worth tak­ing a look at the St Leger be­cause it looks a strong re­newal of a race that doesn’t al­ways hit the heights.

Hav­ing won the Ir­ish Derby,CAPRI isn’t get­ting the credit he de­serves for go­ing on to take this in fine style. He stepped up in dis­tance to beat two very smart per­form­ers in CRYS­TAL OCEAN and STRADI­VAR­IUS.

The sec­ond home proved just a lit­tle short of stamina for this Classic level but should be a real force in 1m4f con­tests next sea­son granted the usual im­prove­ment Sir Michael Stoute’s horses make from three to four.

As for Stradi­var­ius, he will be around for many years to come and looks set for a bright fu­ture in Cup races. John Gos­den would be wise to keep him over 2m and be­yond from now on, even though this per­for­mance was good enough to win many a St Leger.

Capri has op­tions now, although it would be a sur­prise to see him drop to 1m2f for the Cham­pion Stakes at As­cot. He has the op­tion of go­ing the other way and the Long Dis­tance Cup on the same card — and then there’s the Arc.It’s hard to see him beat­ing En­able there but he must have strong place claims at odds that look a lit­tle too long at 20-1.

REKIN­DLING is an­other who de­serves praise. Ev­ery time he’s gone up in dis­tance, he has im­proved.He’s be­ing aimed at the Cham­pi­ons Cup and shapes as though the 2m will be right up his street.

BRE­TON ROCK (Don­caster, Sept 16, 7f Group 2, GD)

An­drea Atzeni rightly gets plenty of plau­dits but this wasn’t one of his bet­ter ef­forts on Bre­ton Rock.While horses close to the pace fought out the fin­ish, he asked his mount to make up a lot of ground and the task was a lit­tle too much.

He was clos­ing on them at the line but needed to make his chal­lenge from closer.He has come from a long way back be­fore but could do with a track where it’s eas­ier to do that, like Good­wood where he was suc­cess­ful ear­lier this sea­son.

REG­I­MENTED (Don­caster, Sept 16, 1m Class 2 Nurs­ery Hand­i­cap, GD)

Richard Han­non’s two-year-old was beaten by the use­fulWester­land in a bob­bing fin­ish and both young­sters look worth keep­ing an eye on.

The for­mer is well bred and im­prov­ing nicely,which Reg­i­mented looks in need of a bit fur­ther than this mile dis­tance. He comes from a fam­ily that stays mid­dle dis­tances and that will be where his fu­ture lies next sea­son.This run was off 84 and a rea­son­able rise would be fine, es­pe­cially if al­lied with a rise in dis­tance too.

The New Pharoah

Nathan

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