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Ascot is ancient history for John; Saraband.

YOUNG John can put his Royal Ascot disappointment behind him by regaining the winning thread in the Spindrifter EBF Conditions Stakes at Pontefract today.

Richard Fahey's charge impressed in his first couple of outings, posting a particularly notable effort when second to Buratino at Chelmsford on his racecourse bow, being beaten three and a half lengths.

The son of Acclamation then went to Chester where he clashed with Rogues Gallery over five furlongs, pushing on for the win by half a length despite suffering a less-than-perfect passage.

The merit of that form was subsequently advertised as Rogues Gallery enjoyed a marginally better Ascot than Young John, finishing a fair fifth, beaten just over two lengths, in the Norfolk Stakes.

Young John headed for the Coventry over six furlongs at Ascot, but his nemesis Buratino returned to haunt him once again as he ran out an impressive winner, with Fahey's charge toiling in eighth.

He performed with plenty of credit, though, seemingly improving for the switch up in trip, and at least a Listed victory does not appear beyond him this term.

Fahey clearly wants to get back on the winning track with his promising juvenile and while this six-furlong heat is no penalty kick, Young John should have the necessary class to emerge on top.

Gran Canaria Queen has really hit her stride this term and she can keep up the good work in the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Park Suite Fillies' Handicap.

She has won two of her last three starts and finished a narrow second on the other occasion.

Her augmented rating of 86 marks a career high, with her game front-running success at York last time particularly pleasing for trainer Tim Easterby and jockey Rachel Richardson.

At Windsor, Vereri Senes can claim victory in the Imperium Building Systems Fillies' Handicap.

Ed Dunlop has switched his charge's attentions to handicap company following three fruitless efforts at maiden level, although her fourth behind subsequent Listed placed runner Zamoura at Chelmsford back in January does not read too badly.

The three-year-old did not shape too badly when third on her turf bow earlier this month and should be smart enough for this.

Nosey Barker put in an excellent run when second on his debut and it should be his turn in the Money Back If Federer Wins Wimbledon Maiden Stakes.

The winner, Muntadab, more than had Nosey Barker's measure, but it should have been a useful learning experience.

Today's racing: Pages 36-37

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 29, 2015
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