My Stable Eyecatchers: Thursday
Our team pick out the eyecatchers from Thursday's action and there's also the latest news from the gallops.
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Pack Together ought to be a stakes-race winner by the end of the season after her staying-on second in the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown.
Richard Hannon's filly, bred and owned by The Queen, looked to have potential when winning on her Lingfield debut but still seemed quite green on her second appearance as it took a long time for her to hit top gear.
The winner, Alonsoa, is considered to be high Group-class by trainer Henry Candy and surely even a replica of this effort would see Pack Together being very competitive in another similar event.
Another runner clearly regarded as being Group-class is John F Kennedy who made his debut for Aidan O'Brien in a Leopardstown maiden that the yard had won for the preceding five seasons, including with Camelot.
His run was full of promise as were the performances of the runners that followed him home, indeed you could take your pick from several in the field of what looked to be a particularly strong maiden while the winner, Hall Of Fame, is certain to be destined for bigger things with Jim Bolger nominating the Futurity Stakes as his next port of call.
Country Drive is a longer-term project but there was more than enough in her reappearance to believe that she should fulfil the promise of her sole juvenile start where she finished a highly encouraging fifth behind Lightning Thunder last August.
She may be related to a useful six furlong winner but Shirocco is a signficantly stronger influence for stamina than Kyllachy so it was no surprise to see her badly outpaced before staying on again in the closing stages.
On this evidence, she certainly appears to have retained all of her ability and I suspect that she may well be an above-average performer and it will be worth keeping a close eye on her progress throughout the remainder of the season.
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HIGHLAND KNIGHT looked like a horse that can break his seasonal duck in the coming weeks as he worked enthusiastically at Kingsclere.
Andrew Balding's charge has acquitted himself well in better company than the Pomfret Stakes, a Listed race his trainer has earmarked for him at Pontefract.
Several older horses were also in action on the Kingsclere estate including MYMATECHRIS.
He appears to have done well since breaking his duck on his second career start. He has a choice of engagements over the weekend and is one to note.
ABSOLUTELY SO has so far promised to land a big prize without doing so, but is one to keep in mind when he next runs.
After running a strange race when failing to fire in the Wokingham, he was a big mover for the Bunbury Cup, only to be gunned down in the closing stages.
In his work he displays a combination of speed and stamina, qualities that when combined effectively make any such horse an owner's dream.
COMANCHERO is a name to conjure with and this lightly-raced individual should also go into the notebook ahead of his run at Lingfield tomorrow.
He's worked well since being given too much to do on his latest start.
DESERT COMMAND also looked in good order blowing out and will be in action before the end of the month.
Mick Channon sent the majority of his team for some work up the main all weather at West Ilsley.
MALABAR breezed beautifully this morning and the Albany Stakes fourth should break her maiden at Ascot tomorrow.
ELIDOR look slightly unlucky in the mile-and-a-half handicap at Royal Ascot and was another that moved stylishly in his latest bit of stronger work ahead of a return visit to that course.