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Stall 3 proved his undoing in the 7f Buckingham Palace Handicap at Royal Ascot and his sixth place is worthy of a major upgrade (first six drawn 26, 22, 16, 27, 6 and 3). His course win came over the straight mile and the return to that trip will suit.
Front-runners have a poor record over the 1m4f trip at Thirsk and with the ground looking much slower towards the inside rail it was always going to be hard for Euro Implosion to hold on after making the running. He still managed to finish a fair third of the 11 runners and will be happier in a smaller field next time. Since gelded, his record in fields of seven or less reads 32111 (3-5).
There were only 11 runners in the King’s Stand Stakes but they split into two groups and those drawn high were favoured. Glass Slippers (stall 4) ‘won’ the race in the centre group and last year’s Group 1 Prix de L'abbaye winner looks one to follow closely this season. She’s three from three when racing in France.
The best of the ground looked to be down the middle at Thirsk last week and those who raced stands’ side in the sprints struggled to get involved. Tracy Waggott’s veteran raced alone against the nearside rail and his 16-1 fifth of 11 was a fine effort in the circumstances.
Mark Johnston’s colt, runner-up on his debut over 6f at Newcastle, appreciated the step up to 7f when going one better here. He started as the 5-6 favourite but wouldn’t have been helped by racing on the ‘dead’ rail and can follow up.
Wearing blinkers for the first time, Grant Tuer’s four-year-old got into an early pace war with Stone Mason in the 7f Class 6 handicap and helped set the race up for the closers. He did well to hold on for fourth place and can be backed next time, despite his 0-15 career score. This was only his second run back after gelding and he’ll benefit from the return to 6f next time.
Mark Johnston’s four-year-old fared bets of the far side bunch when seventh of 22 in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup and could be well head of his mark. He defied a tough draw in stall 1 when scoring easily on his comeback and has clearly benefitted from gelding.
Best after a very recent outing, the six-year-old mare showed up well for a long way prior to her reappearance, finishing a 14-1 sixth of ten. When returned to the track within a fortnight her record is six wins from 16 starts for a profit of £51.75.
The six-year-old was very well backed on his debut for Paul Midgley, despite having the worst of the draw in stall 12 of 12. He did well to run second and will bid to go one better at Hamilton on Wednesday.
Mick Appleby’s four-year-old has had excuses in both starts for his current handler, failing to settle when the 15-8 favourite at Newcastle and getting involved in a pace war with Kaafy here. His six-length sixth can be upgraded.
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