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Fitness a key factor as Nahaarr and Method return after absences.

Byline: Race analysis by Graeme Rodway REPORTING BY DAVID MILNES

RACE IN FOCUS 3.50 Salisbury British Stallion Studs EBF Cathedral Stakes 6f, Listed RTV Card and Spotlight, page 52

THIS race is a tale of two classy horses coming off long absences against a bunch who are race-fit but aren't quite the same class.

Nahaarr and Method are the two class acts coming off long breaks. Nahaarr hasn't been seen since Royal Ascot last year and Method's last run came in the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury 330 days ago.

If either reproduce their best form they are capable of winning, but Nahaarr's last success came in the 2020 Ayr Gold Cup and Method hasn't won since July of the same year.

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Fast ground is also a worry for Nahaa(right) and it may be he is vulnerable, but is there a horse here with the class to beat him?

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Clive Cox and Mick Appleby wbe hoping so. Cox runs Benefit and Appleby saddles Edraak, and both runners will be race-fit.

Edraak is the clear form pick if he can reproduce his smart all-weather efforts on turf, but Benefit is the more unexposed as a three-year-old with just five runs behind her.

Maybe Benefit could provide the answer to what looks a tricky puzzle for punters to solve.

'He needs to run' William Haggas has had to fractured when thJR play the waiting game with Nahaarr as the six-year-old a cannon bonen a close seventh in he Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last June, but the sixtime winner is now ready to return after ome decent spins n the watered gallop wmarket.

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Haggas said: "He's coming back from a fractured hind cannon bone, which he sustained last year. He needs to run although the ground will be quick enough for him but there isn't a lot else for him at present."

What they say Martyn Meade, joint-trainer of Method He's had a long time off but he's working well at home and if he could recapture his twoyear-old form he would have a good shout. I expect him to run well.

Rae Guest, trainer of Fauvette She's in good form and ran well to be fourth at Haydock last time when she just missed out on black type so the plan would be to pick some up here. She'll enjoy the fast ground so there's plenty to like. Stuart Williams, trainer of Queen Kahlua She has a bit to do on the ratings but it wouldn't surprise me if she made the frame and get some more black type. She didn't get the trip over seven furlongs at Musselburgh last time and should enjoy the drop in trip.

Clive Cox, trainer of Benefit We were delighted with how she finished off her race at Haydock last time and she deserves credit for finishing so close. We expect her to run. We just hope the ground hasn't dried out too much.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Race analysis by Graeme Rodway REPORTING BY DAVID MILNES
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2022
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