Dal Har­raild to daz­zle again for Hag­gas

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EX­CEL­LENT rac­ing is in store for to­day and hope­fully our New­mar­ket sta­bles will be amongst the win­ners.

Wil­liam Hag­gas is send­ing DAL HAR­RAILD to con­test the John Smith's Sil­ver Cup (2.35) with An­drea Atzeni do­ing the steer­ing.

The son of Champs El­y­sees has had a nice break since dis­ap­point­ing at Mey­dan in the spring but his work has been of a good or­der re­cently and he looks sure to go well at York.

Trainer Ge­orge Scott is look­ing for­ward to a good run from GILGAMESH in the Bun­bury Cup (1.40) here at New­mar­ket with Wil­liam Buick in the sad­dle. This son of Foxwedge, owned by the Niar­chos fam­ily, has been work­ing in fine style re­cently on the HQ gal­lops and should give a nice ac­count of him­self in this highly com­pet­i­tive race.

Next week Sir Mark Prescott is hop­ing to give a sea­sonal de­but to maiden GREY SPIRIT for owner Philip Bam­ford. This Dark An­gel geld­ing has been given plenty of time to ma­ture and is cur­rently work­ing very well and is fully ex­pected to make his mark this term.

It was sad to hear of the death this week of for­mer trainer John Dun­lop. I had the plea­sure of know­ing him, he was both an ex­cel­lent trainer and a bril­liant in­di­vid­ual.

What a pe­riod it was for me back in the 1980s when we had John Dun­lop and Guy Har­wood train­ing down in Sus­sex, I loved spend­ing time at their sta­bles and on the gal­lops there with them, what won­der­ful win­ners they trained.

SHIRLEY HEIGHTS was my favourite horse of his. He was also re­spon­si­ble for han­dling HATTA to win at Brighton in 1977, the first win­ner in this coun­try for Sheikh Mo­hammed. I will al­ways trea­sure my won­der­ful mem­o­ries of a su­perb man.

Not only that, he has left a legacy in the shape of his sons Ed and Harry, both of whom have be­come fully es­tab­lished train­ers in their own right. Our July Fes­ti­val has been blessed with lovely weather this week and it has been a plea­sure meet­ing up with so many of you read­ers here on the July course.

We have had some fine ac­tion so far with plenty of horses from Royal As­cot ad­ver­tis­ing their cre­den­tials once more.

I hope to see many more of you here at New­mar­ket this af­ter­noon.

Michael Prosser and his team have as al­ways done a great job with the course as the fi­nal of three days beck­ons.

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