Bangkok gets in stakes prep

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Ron Gierkink

ETOBICOKE, On­tario – Grade 3 stakes win­ner Bangkok re­turns from a lay­off Fri­day in a 12-fur­long al­lowance with no con­di­tions on the Tapeta. The race car­ries a base purse of $74,500.

Bangkok notched his only stakes win on clos­ing day of the 2016 Woodbine meet Dec. 4, when he up­set an over-the-top Melmich in the 12-fur­long Vale­dic­tory on the main track.

Trainer Phil Gracey has started Bangkok three times this year, all on the grass. Fol­low­ing a six-month break June 9, he came along the inside from a stalk­ing po­si­tion to land his sea­son opener in a 10-fur­long op­tional claimer. Three weeks later, he fin­ished a dis­tant fifth in the Grade 3 Singspiel.

Most re­cently, July 29, Bangkok ran evenly to fin­ish fourth in the Grade 2 Ni­jin­sky, from which run­ner-up Can­thelp be­liev­ing ex­ited to take the Grade 2 Sky Clas­sic as the fa­vorite.

The five-horse fea­ture Fri­day goes as the third on a nine-race card. The card also in­cludes two turf events, which are sched­uled to be run in lane 4.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Bangkok, by Street Hero Last 3 Bey­ers: 89-79-93

◗ Emma-Jayne Wil­son, who won three races on the hol­i­day Mon­day, is Bangkok’s reg­u­lar rider and will ride the 121-pound high­weight again. She’s posted solid num­bers for Gracey, who should have the Dec. 10 Vale­dic­tory in mind again for the 6-year-old geld­ing.

Pump­kin Rum­ble, by English Chan­nel Last 3 Bey­ers: 85-90-91

◗ Af­ter run­ning sec­ond in his sea­son opener on the Tapeta, he fin­ished third in the Singspiel, Ni­jin­sky, and Sky Clas­sic. He pressed the pace be­fore fad­ing to sev­enth last time in the Grade 1 North­ern Dancer Turf.

◗ Trainer Kevin At­tard worked him a half-mile in 48.40 sec­onds on the Tapeta last Satur­day.

◗ The high­light of the 6-yearold’s ca­reer was a vic­tory in the Mys­tic Lake Mile Stakes at Can­ter­bury Park in 2015.

English Il­lu­sion, by English Chan­nel Last 3 Bey­ers: 88-89-75

◗ He checked in sec­ond to Grade 1 Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional con­tender Johnny Bear two back in the re­stricted Hal­ton Stakes and is com­ing off a non-threat­en­ing fifth be­hind that late bloomer in the North­ern Dancer.

◗ Lead­ing rider Eurico Da Silva and trainer Danny Vella have formed a suc­cess­ful combo, go­ing 3 for 12 at the meet.

Portree, by Ni­igon Last 3 Bey­ers: 81-87-77

◗ The 5-year-old is win­less since Septem­ber 2016, when he won a nine-fur­long al­lowance on the grass. His last two per­for­mances were en­cour­ag­ing, in­clud­ing a wide-clos­ing third over a speed-friendly main track in a 10-fur­long op­tional claimer Aug. 5.

◗ Trainer Stu Simon has worked him ex­ten­sively lead­ing up to this acid test.

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