Dubka To Make A Splash At Bath
Dubka can set the seal on a rapid rise through the ranks with Listed success in the British Stallion Studs EBF Beckford Fillies’ Stakes at Bath.
This Dubawi filly has all the hallmarks of a typical Sir Michael Stoute improver, having made great strides since finishing sixth at Salisbury on her racecourse debut back in May.
She has not looked back since that initial defeat, winning each of her four subsequent starts and rising 20lb in the official ratings as well.
After claiming a Chepstow maiden in June, Dubka has thrived in handicap company winning over 12 furlongs at Doncaster, Salisbury and most recently Newmarket.
She recorded a particularly smooth three-and-a-quarter-length verdict at Headquarters, kicking for home a furlong out before coasting to the line.
Dubka steps up to 14 furlongs here but her pedigree suggests that should be of little concern as Dubawi has obviously produced a raft of top-class middle-distance runners while her dam, Rosika, finished second in the 2010 Ebor.
Lily Trotter is the choice in the Golden Hooves Handicap after hitting the bar at Haydock last time.
Ralph Beckett’s charge went down by just a neck dropped back in trip to 12 furlongs so it will be interesting to see how she goes hiked back up to two miles and a furlong.
Vantage Point should appreciate the 10-furlong test he faces in the Wiltshire Heights/EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes following a fine second on his debut at Newmarket.
Pitched in over a mile on his first attempt, Vantage Point already looked in need of a more substantial trip as he chased home Racing Post Trophy entrant Eminent.
Vantage Point is entered in the Derby at this stage and while that kind of race is a long way off, he should be good enough to open his account here.
Top Beak was set some tough tasks earlier in the year but Hughie Morrison appears to have found his level now and he can arrest a frustrating run of seconds at Nottingham.
The Lawman colt proved no match for So Mi Dar in the Derby Trial at Epsom back in April while a crack at the Dante confirmed that he fell well short of the required level to tackle a Classic.
Aside from a disappointing Goodwood run in July, he has shaped with promise in three handicap starts since his York outing in May, finishing second on each occasion at Leicester, Yarmouth and Haydock.
He went down by just a head on the latter occasion and given the third was a winner at Goodwood last Sunday, the form looks sound enough.
Aristocratic has been the subject of some promising gallops reports and can make it a double on the day for Stoute in the 32Red/Stallions Breeding Winners EBF Fillies’ Handicap at Kempton.
Jumps action returns to Wetherby and it is Tindaro who can take the starring role by landing the Bobby Renton Handicap Chase.