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Unexposed Bo Bridget looks a filly to follow; DARK HORSES.

Bo Bridget Trainer: Stephen Nolan 8th, 7f handicap, Naas, August 1 It is time this week to give the floor to a couple of horses likely to do well in handicaps in the near future, and this unexposed daughter of Mastercraftsman certainly could.

She had four runs last year for Mark Johnston and never kicked on from a narrow defeat on her debut at Thirsk, but her second run at Naas for her current connections, having been bought quite cheaply at the sales, promised a bit more.

Over this shorter trip, she was ridden quite patiently and began to make headway early in the straight. However, racing room was at a premium when she wanted it over a furlong down and when she got out it proved too late. But the way she came home was eyecatching.

She looks potentially effective over 7f or a mile and looks as though she could have a race in her off this mark.

Lilywhite Gesture Gordon Elliott 5th, 2m7f handicap hurdle, Roscommon, August 2 This race happened to be the one that completed the Charles Byrnes treble on the night with Top Of The Town. It might have been surprising that anything else was noticed, but this one caught the eye.

She has a fair bit of experience at this stage, but chances are that going to Gordon Elliott could bring out the best in her.

She was held up off the pace here and was starting to make good headway on the inside rail when she was short of room, but she found a bit more in the straight and stayed on well. She is a likely sort to travel to Perth for a handicap, but she might not even need to go there.

Cul An Ti Emmet Mullins 3rd, 7f two-year-old maiden, Sligo, August 3 This day of Flat racing was run on very testing ground, so much so that damage to the track meant a subsequent meeting had to be abandoned. These juveniles had the best of the ground to race on though, and this filly by leading first-season sire Sir Prancealot showed a fair bit of promise.

She was keen and fresh early on and when the tempo increased she was struggling a bit, but she did pick up quite well for pressure. A first juvenile runner for Emmet Mullins, she probably wouldn't object to less testing ground and looks promising. Three Jacks Martin Hassett 8th, 1m two-year-old maiden, Curragh, August 7 It is difficult to know what this newcomer by Iffraaj achieved here but it was likeable in probably a pretty strong maiden.

He lost the race at the start, being left hopelessly behind after walking out of the gate. But from before halfway he began to make up ground and, surprisingly, he was close enough to have a chance two furlongs out. But his exertions began to take their toll close home, and he's interesting and clearly has some ability.

?Last week's winners Born To Be (7-1), Indrahar (100-30) and Jose Echegaray (11-4) were all highlighted in Dark Horses Keep tabs on Justin O'Hanlon's Dark Horses by entering them in your Horse Tracker at racingpost.com

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 11, 2016
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