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Queens looks an Ayr gift as rac­ing makes its come­back in Scot­land

- Sports · Horse Racing · Queens · Oxted · Golden Horde

A dual hand­i­cap win­ner last year, she rounded off the cam­paign with two ex­cel­lent placed ef­forts be­hind Ju­di­cial and Equilat­eral, who cer­tainly gave the form a huge boost when fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the King’s Stand Stakes at As­cot.

Queens Gift, pic­tured left, re­turned to ac­tion ear­lier this month in the Palace House Stakes, turn­ing in a great ef­fort in her first try in Group Three com­pany, fin­ish­ing fifth be­hind Far Above. Beaten just two and a half lengths, a re­peat of that per­for­mance would be more than good enough here.

Volatile An­a­lyst is a fas­ci­nat­ing con­tender in the Jor­dan Electrics Novice Stakes. A win­ner on his de­but at this track last July, he has not run since fin­ish­ing an ex­cel­lent fourth be­hind Com­mon­wealth Cup win­ner Golden Horde last Au­gust.

He out­ran his size­able odds that day and was not beaten far, sug­gest­ing there could be plenty more to look for­ward to this term.

Went­worth Falls is an­other to have turned in a fair ef­fort since rac­ing re­sumed and he can kick on again in the QTS In­vestors In Sport Hand­i­cap.

His one-and-a-half-length re­verse be­hind Oxted on his fi­nal start at the end of last year now reads very well in­deed, given that one is July

Cup bound, and his ini­tial fourth at New­mar­ket should have brought him on nicely.

AYR:

QUEENS GIFT (NAP),

WIND­SOR:

DOU­BLE:

CASTLEGATE’S SE­LEC­TION SAN­DRET

5.00

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