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Thursday, August 23, 2007


The Roger Charlton-trained Third Set, one of the most progressive handicappers in training, heads a superb entry of 106 for the £160,000 totesport Cambridgeshire, the first leg of the Autumn Double, run over nine furlongs of the NatWest Rowley Mile at Newmarket on Saturday, October 6.

Having scored impressively at Newmarket’s Ritz Club July Festival and captured the valuable totesport.com International Stakes at Ascot, the son of Royal Applause landed the hat-trick in devastating style when romping home in the totesport Mile at Glorious Goodwood on August 3, defeating Humungous by three lengths.

Championship Point showed a fine turn of foot to score at Glorious Goodwood on July 31, following up his success in the Listed Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot, Pipedreamer recorded a stylish triumph in the Alphameric Vase at the same meeting while Tobosa, the easy winner of the Silver Bowl at Haydock in May, was a fast-finishing third in the Listed Thoroughbred Stakes at the West Sussex course last time out.

Despite not living up to his initial billing as an Epsom Derby contender last year, Greek Well looks to be going the right way now, scoring in good style at York’s Ebor Meeting yesterday. Topatoo took the Group Three Middleton Stakes at York in May, Docofthebay was given a fine ride by Ryan Moore to take the De Boer Handicap at Glorious Goodwood while Pinpoint ran an excellent third behind Formal Decree in last year’s renewal.

Enjoy The Moment, successful in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23, heads a cracking 82-strong entry for the £160,000 totesport Cesarewitch, the second leg of the Autumn Double, run over two miles, two furlongs on the NatWest Rowley Mile at Newmarket on Champions’ Day, Saturday, October 20.

The Jamie Osborne-trained four-year-old came home three lengths clear of Baddam that day and has since enjoyed little luck in running in two subsequent outings, most recently when fourth behind Desert Sea over two miles and two furlongs at Doncaster on August 17.

Secret Ploy showed plenty of courage to make every yard of the running in the Goodwood Stakes on August 1, seeing off Afrad by a length and a quarter, with Full House, who had earlier taken the Ascot Stakes, back in 10th. Macorville deserves a change of luck having been headed on the line in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on June 30.

Inchnadamph has proved a fine servant to the Tim Fitzgerald stable and has finished placed in the last two runnings of the totesport Cesarewitch, the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained Mudawin landed the 2006 totesport Ebor but could only finish 12th in this year’s race, and Greenwich Meantime captured the Chester Cup in May but has not troubled the judge in three outings since.

Other interesting entries are Fair Along, better known as a high-class hurdler/chaser and runner-up in this year’s Chester Cup, Wing Collar, who landed the Listed Silver Cup Handicap at York on July, and progressive three-year-old Bollin Felix, a three-time winner this year.

Weights for both the totesport Cambridgeshire and the totesport Cesarewitch will be revealed on Wednesday, September 5.


The John Gosden-trained Master Chef heads 12 declarations for Saturday’s £50,000 Unicorn Asset Management July Course Series Final (2.50pm), the most valuable nursery run in Britain and the culmination of a unique 11 race series on Newmarket's summer racecourse.

Ten qualifiers - a mixture of maidens and nurseries, all with a minimum value of £10,000 - have been run on the July Course over the last two months, with three of the winners, Red Alert Day, Elna Bright and Dan Tucket, set to contest tomorrow's Final. Newmarket's Director of Racing, Michael Prosser, commented: "The Unicorn Asset Management July Course Series has been a resounding success with big fields in most of the qualifiers, all of which were very strongly contested.

"Saturday's Final looks very competitive and we will be sitting down with Peter Webb, who owns Unicorn Asset Management, and whose enthusiasm for the Series has been fantastic, in the coming weeks to discuss next year's plans. We may look to introduce some extra incentives for the qualifier winners to run in the Final, though I am very satisfied to have three in tomorrow's field and nearly all the other nine have solid placed form from the qualifiers.

"As all the races in the Series are run on the July Course, making it unique in terms of major race series in this country, punters have plenty of clues as to how well each of tomorrow's runners acts on the track, with lots of collateral course form to assess."


The Henry Cecil-trained Passage of Time, who has been sidelined since finishing down the field when favourite for the Vodafone Oaks in June, will continue her preparation for a possible tilt at the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, October 20, when she works on the July Course with one galloping companion at 1.10pm tomorrow (Friday, August 25).

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