Dubka To Make A Splash At Bath

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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