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Racing: Maids Causeway can find right path at Sandown.

Byline: Martin Kelly

Maids Causeway cruised to an impressive victory on her last run and she can step up on that to land her biggest success to date at Sandown Park today.

The daughter of Giant's Causeway has put up eyecatching performances in her only two runs and is clearly going the right way.

There are several useful sorts in the Listed Star Stakes such as July Stakes fourth Shivaree, but the Barry Hills-trained Maids Causeway is on an upward curve and can improve past them with conditions just right for her.

On her debut last month, she ran a massive race at 16-1 when finding only stablemate and subsequent Chesham Stakes winner Whazzat too good at Newbury.

She has raced once since, when stepped up to today's distance of seven furlongs and coming home two-anda-half lengths clear at Kempton.

Champion jockey Kieren Fallon takes the ride and Maids Causeway is going to take all the beating.

Gerard Butler has endured a quiet season so far but the stable has started to turn the corner in recent weeks and his Sound That Alarm put up a bold show on his debut at Chester two weeks ago.

The Groom Dancer colt found only one too good after running as green as grass for much of the minimumdistance contest, doing well to get to within a short head.

The standard of opposition in the Keith Parker 'Sun-Ice AirConditioning' Maiden Auction Stakes should be to his liking.

Yarmouth's big race is the EBF Carlsberg Tetley Fillies' Conditions Stakes, in which Lucky Pipit should take the world of beating.

Another Barry Hills starlet, Lucky Pipit was a Listed winner as a twoyear-old and showed she has trained on when a close-up fifth in a Group Three contest on her seasonal bow.

The Key Of Luck filly then chased home the fast-improving Lucky Spin in a Listed contest at Warwick, and the drop to today's level should see her get her head in front.

John Dunlop's Goodwood Spirit was unlucky not to break his duck at the first time of asking, and after suffering trouble in running on his debut, can go one better at Bath.

The juvenile raced against some more experienced sorts that day and had to be switched out wide in the closing stages after his jockey tried to get a run up the rail.

A gap did not appear, causing Goodwood Spirit to lose valuable ground, and he can make amends in the Fish Brothers Renault Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Connections of Ouija Board are considering a trip to America for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf in October. The big race at Lone Star Park in Texas is one of the ambitious options open to Lord Derby's dual Oaks winner.

She became the 10th horse to win both the English and Irish versions of the middle-distance Classic when successful at the Curragh on Sunday. 'We haven't ruled out the Breeders' Cup. There's an option of the fillies and mares race later on, the Champion Stakes, the Arc and all those sort of races,' trainer Ed Dunlop said.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 22, 2004
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