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Yarmouth: Dance On back in the groove.

Dance On appreciated the drop in grade when returning to winning form in the five-furlong conditions stakes, writes Tony Elves.

The Caerleon filly had been chasing bigger fish in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and in a listed event at Newmarket on her two previous starts, but readily registered her second career success, under Gary Carter, when accounting for newcomer Tissaly by a length and a quarter.

Julian Dollar, managing assistant at Cheveley Park Stud, said: "She didn't get the rub of the green in the Queen Mary and this will have done her confidence the world of good. There are no big plans for her at the moment and we'll have to see how she comes out of the race and what Sir Michael Stoute thinks."

Monacle may not be in the same parish as his three-year-old brother Endless Hall, but John Berry's one-eyed gelding does not lack courage and battled on gamely for Richard Mullen when returning to winning form in the two-mile handicap.

The Luca Cumani-trained Endless Hall had beaten Beat All in the 10-furlong Scottish Classic on his latest start but Monacle was winning over two miles for the first time.

Mark Murphy, representing Berry, said: "Now that he's shown he stays, it opens a few more doors. He's taken a few runs to come to himself, and though he's blind on his off side, it doesn't inconvenience him."

Lost At Sea had disappointed when odds-on at Lingfield in his previous start but made amends in the juvenile maiden auction event.

The Exit To Nowhere colt looked likely to score in emphatic style when travelling easily in the lead at halfway, but had to be driven out in the final furlong by Neil Callan to beat April Lee by a neck.

Karl Burke said: "We don't know what happened at Lingfield but Neil says he definitely wants his tongue tied down. He made a noise and maybe that was why he disappointed last time. I think quite a lot of him and I was still a little disappointed with the way he won-we'll drop him back to six furlongs next time."

Daryabad bounced back to form when taking the seven-furlong handicap.

The eight-year-old gelding won on the all-weather at Lingfield last November, but he was gaining his first turf success since scoring at Catterick in July 1998 and could be heading for that North Yorkshire course next week.

Ray McGhin, representing trainer Neil Graham, said: "He's just peaked-there was a bug around Newmarket and we've given him time. He's at Catterick next week-he's on a mark of 44 in a 0-60 handicap, and if he takes this race well he'll go there."

City Gambler was another returning from a spell in the wilderness when taking the fillies' handicap, as the Rock City mare had gained her previous win at Leicester in August 1998.

Giles Bravery said: "After two years I was wondering if she'd gone off a bit, but she's come right and is a good old girl. She's never been in front like that before and I wouldn't mind taking her over a mile and a half."

Presentofarose showed more determination than Banningham Bliz to gain her first career success in the six-furlong seller.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Elves, Tony
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 1, 2000
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