Sunday 12th August

starsports.bet Novice Auction Stakes (Class 5)

Distance: 1m 31y Going: Good To Firm

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Ballet Red and the newcomer Jacko are respected but WEST END CHARMER is taken to prove his Goodwood form all wrong.

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West End Charmer
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J: Clifford Lee
T: K R Burke
Age: 2
Weight: 9-2
Dark Angel colt, who arrives for his debut with a decent pedigree at least. Is related to smart winner Albaraah, while his trainer has done well with newcomers this season. Merits consideration.
65,000gns foal, 35,000euros yearling; dam fourth over 9.5f in France from four starts.
Robert Fitzroy
J: Louis Steward
T: Michael Bell
Form: 6
Age: 2
Weight: 9-2
Doesn’t have the most eye-catching pedigree, though the two-year-old did make a more than reasonable debut at Newmarket last time out, finishing sixth of eleven at Newmarket, beaten less than five lengths. Could do better with that under his belt.
34,000euros yearling who was a one-paced sixth over Newmarket's 7f two weeks ago.
Summa Force
J: Rossa Ryan
T: Richard Hannon
Age: 2
Weight: 9-2
Was sent of at 25/1 on debut and it wasn’t difficult to see why when the colt ran poorly, finishing tenth of eleven at Ffos Las. Needs to improve considerably for the step up in trip.
Easy to back at 25-1 and didn't show much at all at Ffos Las (6f, good).
Two Blondes
J: Scott McCullagh
T: Mick Channon
Form: 533320
Age: 2
Weight: 9-2
Having had six races, Mick Channon’s colt is one of the more experienced types in this field. Has hit the frame in three of those six races, while he wasn’t disgraced in a hot seventeen-runner race at Goodwood last time out. Should go well against inexperienced rivals.
Consistent enough prior to Goodwood but looks vulnerable returned to novice company.
Alcatraz Island
J: Marc Monaghan
T: Marco Botti
Age: 2
Weight: 9-1
Rock of Gibraltar gelding, who doesn’t have the most appealing pedigree on paper, while his trainer hasn’t exactly been in flying form of late.
20,000euros yearling; second foal; dam unraced sister to 1m4f Fibresand winner Arsenale.
The Olympian
J: Martin Harley
T: Alan King
Age: 2
Weight: 9-0
Bought for just short of £65,000 as a yearling, while he’s related to a few classy winners, including Behkabad, who won at Group 2 level in France. Trainer has saddled a few winners of late.
Dam unraced half-sister to 1m4f Group 1 winner Behkabad and two 1m4f Listed winners.
West End Charmer
J: Franny Norton
T: Mark Johnston
Form: 8
Age: 2
Weight: 9-0
Despite being well backed on debut, Mark Johnston’s representative failed to deliver the goods when finishing last of eight at Goodwood. That was a fairly hot maiden, though he didn’t create a good impression. Needs to do lots more on this occasion.
Last of eight at Goodwood but was only 7-2 and interesting he made his debut there.
Ballet Red
J: Hector Crouch
T: Harry Dunlop
Form: 2
Age: 2
Weight: 8-9
Could be a useful sort having finished a pleasing second when sent off at 50/1 on debut at Kempton back at the end of June. Trainer doesn’t tend to do that well at Windsor, but he may not be far away from having a winner with this filly, who is open to improvement.
Edging nearer at the line when going down narrowly over 7f at Kempton; clear claims.
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1 (1) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/8/6/225468b.png Jacko
2 (2) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/7/5/9/262957.png Robert Fitzroy
3 (5) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/6/0/8/114806.png Summa Force
4 (3) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/c/1/0/246001c.png Two Blondes
5 (8) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/0/7/1/262170.png Alcatraz Island
6 (4) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/7/8/8/265887.png The Olympian
7 (6) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/8/6/9/249968.png West End Charmer
8 (7) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/8/8/3/264388.png Ballet Red
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