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Mark Your Card: All the signs say Nazareth can soon go one better; Hampered Petite Futee can find more improvement with an extra furlong to race.

Byline: Mel Cullinan


Mon, Sept 17

Nazareth, second in the nursery, is one to note. He was struggling to stay in touch with too fast an early gallop turning into the straight but made up a lot of late ground to all but catch the winner, Sebring.

Arguably unlucky insomuch as he was momentarily checked, he shaped as if a stiffer test than Warwick's seven furlongs would suit. He is decently handicapped on his maiden form, too, and further progress is highly probable.

Petite Futee also stayed on well and, had she not been blocked in her run, would have been even closer than this two-length fourth. She can find a bit on this form with a clearer run and another furlong.


Tues, Sept 18

Freddie Mercury showed improved form when seventh in a bunched finish to the nursery but would have been closer still had he not been blocked.

His sweeping run through from the back was checked when he was tightened up quite badly inside the final furlong.

Macadamia, fourth in Oakley Rambo's auction maiden, ran a decent first race. Slowly into her stride, she was soon behind before staying on nicely.


Wed, Sept 19

Lapwing was unlucky not to have won the seven-furlong handicap. He had trouble working his way through from the back and, although running on well once in the clear, the idling winner, Father Thames, had got first run. With a clear run, Lapwing would probably have been a narrow winner.


Thurs, Sept 20

Roses Of Spring, third in the fillies' handicap (6f), again shaped as if worth another try at five furlongs. She looked the likely winner with less than two to race but was run out of it inside the last, dropping back to third. Her pace would be more of an asset at the minimum.

Most-Saucy looks about to peak again, having travelled wide throughout, while a lack of pace compounded her difficulties.

She was going on nicely at the finish in sixth and confirmed the impression that she would improve for a step back up in trip when a good second to a progressive rival over a mile at Leicester yesterday.

Iroquois Chief, fourth in a decidedly ordinary race for the juvenile auction maiden, would have been around two to three lengths closer had his jockey ridden him out fully to the line.


Fri, Sept 21

Cal Mac showed definite promise in the juvenile maiden won by Farqad. The winner apart, this did not look a particularly strong maiden for Newbury, so it remains to be seen how the form works out.

However, in staying on really well for fourth and having running in him at the finish, Cal Mal shaped as though he could improve on the form of this second run, especially if upped in trip.

In the juvenile fillies' conditions race, Lady's Secret appealed as a probable improver.

Slowly into her stride on this debut, she was outpaced with over two furlongs to run. She ran on quite nicely into fourth from over one out, though, and looked quite fresh at the finish. A step up from this seven furlongs would help.

Firebreak was a decisive winner of the Mill Reef Stakes, the underrated Martin Dwyer again impressing with a strong finish.

Prince Cyrano has improved for hold-up tactics but was asked a stiffish question here. The leaders got first run so, in keeping on well to finish a two-length fourth, he ran a really good race but one he can improve on a little, if kept a shade closer to the lead. He did hang slightly, possibly because of the fast ground.


Fri, Sept 21

My Line was hampered twice en route to his sixth in the two-mile handicap. In truth, he lacked pace once he was in the clear, so how unlucky he was should not be overstated. However, he is lightly raced as well, so a first win still looks imminent.

King Creole ran better than the bare facts of his debut eighth in Affray's juvenile maiden might suggest, though, as a middle-distance type probably being trained with handicaps in mind, it is likely to be later rather than sooner before he appeals as a probable winner.


Sat, Sept 22

Continent's performance in winning the Ayr Gold Cup is even more meritorious as he was rather isolated towards the stands' side, yet still managed to cut down the far-side pacesetters.

Marsad ran really well, staying on strongly and not beaten far on ground which would have been much too quick for him.


Sat, Sept 22

Princes Theatre has been disappointing, but his run in the mile-and-a-quarter handicap did point to a first win being reasonably likely, despite the fact that he finished well beaten.

Together with Morro Castle, Princes Theatre helped force too strong a gallop so, in lasting much the longer of the two and-the winner apart-going better than anything as late as three out, definite promise was shown.

A slight drop in grade and trip, combined with a more restrained ride, will make him worth close consideration.


Sat, Sept 22

Dorchester put up an eye-catching run in the five-furlong handicap. The waiting tactics were a touch overdone, with his jockey rousting him in earnest only once the leaders had kicked for home.

He did make late progress and, under a more enterprising ride, will be of interest in the near future.

Beyond The Clouds ran a good race in staying in front until swamped inside the last. He and fellow pacesetter Rita's Rock Ape blasted away at too quick a pace.

nHorses under the `Ones to Note' heading will be flagged when declared to run-under the `Pointers' sub-heading, in the paper every day-for three runs or until they win, whichever is sooner.

Ones to note

Dorchester 4yo sprint handicapper; trainer Willie Musson; better than Newmarket form suggests

Most-Saucy 5yo handicapper; trainer Ian Wood; shaped as if about to return to peak form at Pontefract last time

My Line 4yo staying handicapper; trainer Mary Reveley; lightly raced and would have been closer but for being hampered at Nottingham

Nazareth 2yo maiden/handicapper; trainer Rae Guest; good second at Warwick can be improved upon

Petite Futee 2yo maiden/handicapper; trainer Derek Haydn Jones; close fourth at Warwick after being hampered and can come on again at further

Prince Cyrano 2yo; trainer Stuart Williams; good Mill Reef fourth can be improved upon

Princes Theatre 3yo maiden/handicapper; trainer Ian Balding; ran well for a long way after setting too strong a pace at Newbury

Roses Of Spring 3yo handicapper; trainer Robert Cowell; return to five furlongs will suit


Lapwing: would probably have won at Goodwood on Wednesday if he had been granted a clear run
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 25, 2001
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