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Friday 10th August

Countrywide Freight Nursery Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Nursery Qualifier) (Class 4)

Distance: 6f 212y Going: Good To Firm

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Proven stamina gives XTARA the vote ahead of Dark Thunder who moves up in trip. Xtara might benefit from today's headgear.

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Best Odds
J: Andrew Mullen
T: Adrian Nicholls
Form: 3123
Age: 2
Weight: 9-7
€6,500 yearling. This colt appreciated the switch to front-running tactics when scoring at Carlisle in June. He has failed to add to that success in two starts since, but he posted a career-best RPR when third on his nursery debut last month. Cheekpieces now added.
Front-runner on last three starts; rallying third of 11 in 7f nursery at Newmarket latest
Dark Thunder
J: Richard Kingscote
T: Tom Dascombe
Form: 3353
Age: 2
Weight: 9-6
Third in the Lily Agnes Stakes at Chester in May. Has not really built on that effort in two starts since, however. The step up to seven furlongs could suit today though, and his yard does well with their juvenile runners here.
Needs extra for this nursery debut and steps up from 6f, which is plausible
Iconic Choice
J: Franny Norton
T: Tom Dascombe
Form: 4143
Age: 2
Weight: 9-4
Has shown a fairly consistent level of form to date, including when third on his nursery debut at Hamilton on Saturday. Likely has each-way claims at best in this company though, and Richard Kingscote prefers Dark Thunder today.
Keeping-on third of eight in nursery at Hamilton (6f) last Saturday
Treasure Quest
J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Brian Meehan
Form: 649224
Age: 2
Weight: 9-3
Six-race maiden but he recorded his best RPR to date when fourth on his nursery debut at Newmarket last time out. Finished just a neck behind Xtara there, and Nicola Currie takes a valuable three pounds off his back today.
A neck behind Xtara on same terms when fourth of 11 in nursery at Newmarket (7f, soft)
Sword Of Gold
J: Tony Hamilton
T: Richard Fahey
Form: 8647
Age: 2
Weight: 9-1
By far his best effort to date came when fourth in a novice race at Doncaster last month. Well held on his nursery debut last time out. His pedigree suggests we are unlikely to see the best of him until he runs over further.
Improved on penultimate start, a show he failed to reproduce in 7f nursery 13 days later
So Hi Storm
J: Ben Curtis
T: K R Burke
Form: 8473
Age: 2
Weight: 8-9
Modest RPR’s recorded in his four starts to date, including on his nursery debut at Thirsk last time out. He did shape as though the step up to this trip would suit there though, so he is not ruled out this evening.
Soon struggling to go the pace when third of six in 6f nursery at Thirsk on latest outing
J: James Sullivan
T: Tim Easterby
Form: 485
Age: 2
Weight: 8-4
Half-brother to seven-furlong juvenile winner McMunigal. This colt has struggled for form in his three starts to date, however. Now making his nursery debut, and this is not an excessive opening mark, but more is required in this company.
Worth a go at 7f on nursery debut but others are more persuasive
The Fluter
J: Andrew Breslin
T: Alan Berry
Form: 657634
Age: 2
Weight: 8-0
Sent off no shorter than 40/1 in his nine starts to date, five of those efforts have come in selling company. Recorded his best RPR at this trip, so should improve now back at seven furlongs, but others look far more likely winners.
0-9; despite the assistance of a step back up in trip, others have to be preferred
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1 (8) // Xtara
2 (1) // Dark Thunder
3 (5) // Iconic Choice
4 (6) // Treasure Quest
5 (7) // Sword Of Gold
6 (3) // So Hi Storm
7 (2) // Dreamseller
8 (4) // The Fluter
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