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BLACK'S MAGIC; Cox looking for a big run from Spirit.

Byline: Garry Owen

CLIVE COX believes Black Spirit's form bears the closest inspection as he targets a first Pattern-race success in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

The Black Minnaloushe colt was a winner on his racecourse bow before going on to finish fourth in the Solario Stakes at Sandown.

Shakespearean was the winner and is also entered for the Group Two contest although more likely to run at the Curragh the following day, while runnerup, Buzzword, recently struck Group Three gold in France.

Both the fifth and eighth-placed runners have also gone on to victory and Cox is feeling confident about Black Spirit's chance: "The Sandown form has worked out impeccably and has thrown up some mighty performances already."

The Ayr Gold Cup-winning trainer continued: He's a horse we hold in high regard and any of mine that win first time up will improve a whole chunk. I'm very hopeful he will run a big race."

Victor Chandler report backing for Delegator and slashed the colt from 9-4 to 7-4 for Saturday's QE II Stakes at Ascot.

VC: 4-5 Rip Van Winkle, 7-4 Delegator (from 9/4), 5 Aqlaam, 12 Zacinto, 25 bar.

Back to business today at Perth where the usually on-fire Nigel Twiston-Davies has been having a quiet time of it at the meeting. I wouldn't write him off just yet though and he has several decent chances to set the record straight.

Jim Goldie continued in rampant form yesterday with a double and must be delighted with Regent's Secret after the nine-year-old turned over Pigeon Island in the Beginners' Chase.

Gordon Elliott landed the big one with Kells Castle under McCoy and McMurdo Sound (4.20) can add to the Irish raider's formidable tally.

Best bet for me is at Pontefract where John Dunlop's Calatrava Cape (3.00) can get off the mark in the nursery after a really unlucky run at Goodwood.

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Date:Sep 24, 2009
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