A Star is born at Doncaster
Nick Robson fancies Glorious Star to step up to the plate on his step up to a mile at Doncaster on Sunday.
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DOUBLE: Glorious Star and Belle D'Or.
A step up to a mile looks sure to suit Glorious Star in the RAF Benevolent Fund Handicap at Doncaster.
Trained by Ed Walker, the four-year-old gelding was unraced at two and three so connections will be keen to make up for lost time.
He made a promising debut when claiming third at Southwell and stepped up on that when he returned to Nottinghamshire three weeks later, running out a comfortable winner.
Making his handicap debut at Yarmouth off a mark of 72 he finished only third of four, but was not beaten far at all.
Comrade Bond, a battled-hardened six-year-old, just prevailed from Afkar by half a length, with a nose back to Walker's charge, who was making his turf debut.
Having just looked a little one-paced over the seven furlongs, this straight mile on Town Moor should suit.
John Gosden's Forever Now needs to be winning the rafbf.org Maiden Stakes to live up to his pedigree.
A full-brother to Shantaram, who was not far off top class, and Jim Bolger's 2000 Guineas-placed Gan Amhras, he was well beaten on his only start as a juvenile.
But after having showed much more when beaten just three-quarters of a length last time out, he will be expected to get off the mark now.
Secret Witness looks a fair shout for the RAF Falcons Handicap, despite being burdened with top weight.
Ron Harris' streetwise eight-year-old has not won for an age, but there were distinct signs of a revival at York on his most recent visit to the track.
The sprinter looked booked for victory in a hot five-furlong handicap on the Knavesmire, but he encountered jostling for position close home and was worried out of the piece by Top Boy and Body And Soul.
That still represented a good effort by anyone's standards, yet Harris will feel slightly miffed that Secret Witness has gone up 3lb for finishing third.
Be that as it may, the chestnut son of Pivotal is still just 1lb higher than when he last hit the target and this looks his easiest encounter for quite some time.
Assuming the ground does not turn too quick, Secret Witness must have a fighting chance.
Gosden's Belle D'Or should also take the beating in division one of the Wateraid Mildren Construction Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury.
She looked to have done everything right on her debut at Newmarket, only to be caught in the final strides by a stoutly-bred stablemate.
As a half-sister to 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand, a win is a very valuable commodity for connections.
Persian Bolt may go well at a fair price in the Sarum Asbestos Ltd Fillies' Handicap.
Eve Johnson Houghton's inmate has not had the rub of the green this season, though she has admittedly been a little subdued since her return at Windsor in May.
The three-year-old daughter of US Ranger posted some quite nice efforts as a juvenile, though, including when an unlucky fifth on her debut over course and distance last September.
In what hardly looks a vintage renewal, Persian Bolt might just be a little better than a mark of 72 would suggest.