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Horse Racing: Dante on the cards for Hala Bek as Jarvis keeps him ticking over; The voice of Newmarket.

Byline: Tony Elves

HALA BEK gained plenty of admirers when making a winning debut in the prestigious Peter Smith Memorial Maiden at Newbury last month, and it was time for the Halling colt to return to action on the Limekilns yesterday morning.

The Michael Jarvis-trained colt is a probable for the Dante Stakes at York on May 18, and was only asked to sit in behind his two companions as he cruised along in taking fashion under Neil Callan.

He will face more exacting exercise before his York bid but he clearly looks a most promising prospect in the care of a trainer who has few peers.

Sir Michael Stoute had been busy just beforehand and Notnowcato, who would appear on course for the Group 3 Huxley Stakes at Chester on May 10, moved well under Jamie Hamblett in his spin with another likeable sort in Home Affairs on the round gallop.

City Of Troy failed to live up to expectations in the Craven but he could step up in trip in the Dee Stakes at the Roodee meeting and shared company with Papal Bull (Kevin Bradshaw), with both colts travelling well within their capabilities on the same stretch.

Maraahel (Jaci Hills) limbered up in company with Distinction, and in the final serious work from the Freemason Lodge outfit, Best Alibi (Maxine Cowdrey) poked his head in front from Bedizen and Motaraqeb.

Saeed Bin Suroor had his workers on the trial ground and Iffraaj moved nicely in his spin with Desert Destiny. Winged Cupid was next up as he bowled alongside With Reason, and Royal Proposal and Pure Illusion shared their chores together.

Jeremy Noseda was another on the trial ground, where Majors Cast (Sally Noseda) looked in good form ahead of the Spring Trophy at Haydock when moving well with Wilko (Joe Scally) and one other. Sixties Icon and Tavares travelled nicely in their trio and La Chunga completed her preparation for the 1,000 Guineas.

James Fanshawe was another to avail himself of the Limekilns and Reballo (Oscar Urbina), Portal (Jamie Spencer) and Conkering looked a trio from whom further will be heard when finishing alongside in a good piece of work.

One To Note

Papal Bull (Sir Michael Stoute) Gave the impression he has come on for his successful handicap reappearance when working well with City Of Troy
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 4, 2006
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