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Pictor aims at hat-trick.

Byline: By ARGUS

EQUULEUS PICTOR can make the most of the easy ground and notch up his hat-trick in the Clive Parker 50th Birthday Handicap at Folkestone.

The four-year-old scored a quick-fire double during another wet spell last month and the recent rain has inspired John Spearing to take the wraps off once

Equuleus Pictor is nothing if not consistent and after an early season win and a string of placed performances he gained just reward when triumphing over five furlongs at Nottingham.

Spearing then ran him again six days later Windsor and he came home in front once more, defying an 8lb rise in the process.

An improvement in the ground saw Spearing bide his time but with conditions back in his favour, Equuleus Pictor looks more than capable of dealing with another 4lb rise in the ratings.

Captain Ellis has hit the bar on two starts to date but his time can come in front in the second division of the Hythe Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Trainer Karl Burke has seen fit to give him a couple of Group One entries later in the year and although that looks to be flying a bit high, he has shown some promise on the track.

Second to the useful Pure Poetry on his debut, Captain Ellis gave the impression he should probably have won at York last time, idling after hitting the front and eventually losing out by a head.

If produced a little later in this event, it would be no surprise to see Captain Ellis take top honours.

The Captain Rio colt failed to cut much ice on his first three trips to the track but soft ground and seven furlongs sawhim come right at Salisbury last month.

Sylvester Kirk's charge stayed on strongly that day and claimed a comfortable two-and-a-quarterlength success from a previous winner.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 8, 2008
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