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Promising Gold Gun out to make up for lost time; Race of the Day 4.10 Leicester.

Byline: Davd Carr

Quorn Handicap (1m4f) Notable runners A race won by Derby runner Massif Centrale from subsequent big handicap winners Zeitgeist and Carte Diamond last year, and it looks just as competitive 12 months on, with the list of trainers represented more typical of Ascot on a Saturday than Leicester on a Tuesday. Saeed Bin Suroor sends out the unbeaten Jalldee and Sir Michael Stoute runs both the Aga Khan's Kerashanand the Beverley winner Bold Eagle. The John Gosden-trained Climate Change suffered his first defeat in three races this year when short-headed at Ayr last month. Gold Gunhas his first run since beating Lingfield Derby Trial winner Kong in a maiden at Newbury in April.

QuotesAziz Merza, racing manager to Ahmed Al Maktoum, owner of Gold Gun "He won first time out at Newbury and beat quite a good horse, and we were going to supplement him for the Derby but he broke down with a serious injury. We would be very hopeful but we'll have to see how he goes - this is a shot in the dark."

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Khalid Abdullah, owner of Climate Change "Things didn't go particularly right for him at Ayr last time and he looks like he should be suited by stepping up to a mile and a half."

Mark Buckley, trainer of Pevensey "Ground and trip will be in his favour and he seems in good form, but there are some improving three-year-olds from the bigger yards in there."

Amanda Perrett, trainer of Alfie Noakes and Blue Torpedo "It's quite a hot race, as it was last year. It's the last chance for these three-year-olds to take on their own age group before the end of the season and there aren't many options at this time of the year. Blue Torpedo is in good form and he won last time, but he's stepping up in grade. The step down in trip will suit Alfie Noakes as, in hindsight, it was a bit far for him at Doncaster last time." Simon Crisford, racing manager to Godolphin, owners of Jalldee "He's a lightly raced colt and this is another step up for him."

Mick Channon, trainer of Royal Jet "He's in good heart and I'm pleased with him. It is a competitive race, but he has been very consistent."

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Blue Torpedo (near): winner last time and now stepping up in grade
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2005
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