Th­esme is set fair for Scar­brough

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

TH­ESME can gain a thor­oughly de­served first suc­cess of the sea­son in the VIP Pre­mium Va­p­ing & E-Liq­uids Scar­brough Stakes, the fea­ture event on the open­ing day of the St Leger meet­ing at Don­caster.

Nigel Tin­kler’s charge was three times a win­ner last term but has yet to poke her head in front this year, although she has been hold­ing her own at a higher level.

Her ini­tial at­tempt at Listed com­pany back in April ended in a heavy de­feat, but the four-year-old has since fared bet­ter back in hand­i­caps, no­tably chas­ing home re­cent Beverley hero Al­pha Del­phini at York in July be­fore again plac­ing at Glo­ri­ous Good­wood.

She then came up just short against Kings­gate Na­tive in a Not­ting­ham con­di­tions event be­fore Tin­kler opted to hike her right up in class to Group One level in the Nun­thorpe at York.

Th­esme ap­peared to be punch­ing above her weight on that oc­ca­sion but out­ran her 66-1 price tag to be beaten just over four lengths by Mecca’s An­gel in fifth.

While she ben­e­fited from an ideal draw, Th­esme showed she had speed to burn be­fore get­ting swal­lowed up in the fin­ish and a re­peat of that ef­fort here should see her right.

Bat­tle­ment can re­gain the win­ning thread in the Howcroft In­dus­trial Sup­plies Hand­i­cap.

Roger Charl­ton’s filly was on quite a roll head­ing to Wind­sor last time hav­ing won on her pre­vi­ous starts at Kemp­ton and New­mar­ket, and pun­ters ap­peared to have plenty of con­fi­dence in her abil­ity to bring up the hat-trick.

How­ever, she found fel­low 2-1 joint­favourite Grav­ity Flow a length and a half too good in the end af­ter strug­gling to go the early pace over six fur­longs.

Given her pre­vi­ous vic­to­ries were over seven fur­longs, Charl­ton’s de­ci­sion to go up in dis­tance again is un­der­stand­able.

Akhlaaq made quite an im­pres­sion when win­ning on his de­but at Sal­is­bury and he can build on that in the Ir­ish Stal­lion Farms EBF Con­di­tions Stakes.

This son of New Ap­proach holds a clutch of big-race en­tries and could have tack­led the Group Two Cham­pagne Stakes on Town Moor later in the week.

How­ever, Owen Bur­rows has opted to take a more conservative route and that should pay div­i­dends as Akhlaaq looked as though he still had plenty to learn on his race­course bow.

He ran very green that day be­fore stay­ing on and seems to have any amount of im­prove­ment still to come.

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