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Nunthorpe Stakes winner tipped for Ffos Las fling
Steve Drowne can play a starring role tomorrow. Having spent the whole of last year on the sidelines, Drowne bounced back to the big time at York last month when winning the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes on Jwala.
On a more subdued day of domestic racing tomorrow, when the main focus will be on major events in Ireland and France, Drowne journeys to Ffos Las with excellent claims on nap selection Monsea in the opening Bluebell Recruitment Maiden Stakes.
Trained by Richard Hannon, the juvenile shaped with distinct promise on his debut at Ascot to be beaten less than two lengths into fourth place by Stealth Missile.
Monsea may not need to improve much on that display to make this race his own and, in the process, provide Drowne with another winner in his comeback campaign.
Middleham trainer Mark Johnston, whose Hartnell promises to give Monsea most to think about, has another good chance with Life And Times in the Saxton Drilling Ltd Maiden Stakes.
Although a five-year-old, Life And Times has run only three times and one of those was in a hurdle race. He did, though, show promise when a close up third at Newcastle last time out. Joe Fanning has the mount.
In the Double Dragon ‘National Ale Of Wales’ Fillies’ Handicap, Singersongwriter aims to resume winning ways on her return to action after more than four months off the track.
Winner of her only race last season, at Doncaster in the autumn, Singersongwriter was perceived to be a filly to follow this term, but she was a beaten favourite on both her starts early in the season.
The fact that she has since been sidelined suggests all may not have been well with her in the spring, and it is surely significant that trainer Ed Dunlop (on the mark at Doncaster yesterday with nap selection Times Up) is persevering with her into the autumn. She has to be treated with caution, but she remains a filly of untapped potential.
At Bath, the feature race on the card is the £12,000 Bathwick Tyres Somersetshire Conditions Stakes in which Boom And Bust makes most appeal.
The six-year-old, trained by Marcus Tregoning, has been running at the top of his form, being narrowly beaten into third in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood and finishing runner-up in his two races since. He should be a tough nut to crack.
Bathwick Tyres sponsor all seven races on the card, and Paul Hanagan has double prospects.
The former Malton jockey teams up with the in-form staying handicapper Chapter Five (2.40), whose last two wins were both gained on this course, and Raajis (3.45), who should go well on her handicap debut in the nursery.
Also worth nothing are Rock N Rouge (2.10), who ran well at York last Sunday, and recent winner Croquembouche (4.50), who is a model of consistency.
Meanwhile, Richard Fahey may not have any runners in Britain tomorrow, but he is well represented further afield.
The Malton trainer has sent his recent Sandown winner Ladys First to Canada to contest the $300,000 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine, which he won last year with Barefoot Lady, while Glen’s Diamond, triumphant in the Yorkshire Cup at York in May, has travelled to Sweden to contest the Stockholm Cup, worth nearly £100,000, at Taby racecourse.
2.10 Rock N Rouge, 2.40 Chapter Five, 3.10 Rock Up, 3.45 Raajis, 4.20 Boom And Bust, 4.50 Croquembouche, 5.20 Trinityelitedotcom.
Ffos Las tomorrow
2.25 Monsea (NAP), 2.55 Life And Times, 3.30 Bounty Hunter, 4.00 Singersongwriter, 4.35 Guising, 5.05 Hero’s Story, 5.35 Beach Rhythm.
Today’s meetings: Doncaster, Chester, Bath, Lingfield and Kempton.
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