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The only way is up for promising Frampton; DARK HORSES Justin O'Hanlon identifies the potential winners to have emerged from the last week's action in Ireland.

Byline: Justin O'Hanlon

Hurry Along Trainer: Prunella Dobbs 4th in 7f maiden at Gowran Park, May 8 Probably one for handicaps in due course and she showed a nice bit of ability in what was probably an ordinary enough maiden.

She was always in rear and struggling to get into contention after a slow start, but the penny gradually dropped in the straight and, despite the fact she was beaten almost ten lengths, she made some nice ground in the closing stages to pass more than half the nine runners in the final furlong.

By Alkaadhem out of a mare who ran in a couple of bumpers and is from a good French middle-distance family, she will improve for a step up in trip and could be interesting as the season goes on.

Bentelimar Philip Fenton 5th in 2m1f maiden hurdle at Killarney, May 12 There was no bigger eyecatcher on this interesting Sunday card at Killarney.

Held up in rear and still to be asked a question three out, he was eventually coaxed into a better position without ever being a threat, although he would have been a bit closer but for an awkward jump at the last. It's also worth noting he was found to be clinically abnormal after the race.

He clearly has potential and with normal improvement should be good enough to land an ordinary maiden hurdle and go on from there.

Frampton Stuart Crawford 5th in 2m1f bumper at Killarney, May 12 Stable has rapidly become one to watch in bumpers and maiden hurdles, and this gelding was a rare runner this far south for the Larne trainer, but he showed enough ability to justify the long journey.

He travelled well in the race and made up ground smoothly to get into a challenging position in the straight, but when he came under pressure he was green and drifted badly to his right inside the final furlong.

It was a run full of promise and he should be a lot more streetwise on his next outing, when he may also confirm whether he is better suited by a right-handed track, as this run suggested. There should be plenty more to come.

Rae's Creek Jessica Harrington 4th in 1m4f maiden at Leopardstown, May 12 Having run with promise after a slow start on his debut at the Curragh in April, he showed even more when stepped up in trip here.

Held up in rear and some way off the pace early in the straight, he stayed on past the majority of the field in the final furlong to be beaten less than six lengths.

He's progressive and handles the step up in trip and his Racing Post Rating would entitle him to a handicap mark of about 70, which would be attractive. He needs one more run for an official mark and should be capable of winning a good handicap or two before the summer is out.

VVLAST week's winners College Boy (10-1), Cape Of Approval (2-1) and Alive Alive Oh (11-10) were all highlighted in Dark Horses
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 15, 2013
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