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Sundrop set to shine again.

Byline: By ALAN KEYTE Western Mail

Jockeys' championship leader Frankie Dettori is making hay in the absence of rival Kieren Fallon and he can be on the mark at Newmarket today with Sundrop.

Fallon took a nasty fall on Monday and has been ruled out until at least tomorrow, so the Italian rider can increase his lead in the title race with the Godolphin star in the listed Lanwades Stud Severals Stakes.

Sundrop, a three-year-old daughter of champion American horse Sunday Silence, has not been seen out since flopping in the Oaks at Epsom in June.

But, judging from her work on the home gallops at Newmarket recently, she is back to her very best and is good enough to see off her rivals in this event on the first day of the three-day meeting at Headquarters.

Sundrop, who scored at Lingfield and had finished second in the Fillies' Mile on her two runs as a juvenile, looked a classic winner in the making when chasing home the brilliant Attraction in the 1,000 Guineas on this course on her reappearance.

But at Epsom in the premier fillies' classic she ran no sort of race. She ran too freely in the early stages and then hung badly right in the home straight.

The Godolphin charge eventually finished a tailed-off sixth in the seven-horse race won by Ouija Board.

Her problems began long before her stamina came into doubt in that race and she is certainly worth another chance over today's 10 furlongs.

Ringmoor Down has risen through the sprinting ranks this term and the dual group-race winner should add another victory to her record in the EBF Christo Philipson Boadicea Fillies' Stakes.

The nap vote goes to Palouse in the Setsquare Recruitment Handicap Chase at Taunton.

A winner at Wincanton seven days ago, he can clinch a hat-trick here.

Brave Dance can lift the Cannons Health Club Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Worcester.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 14, 2004
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