My Stable pointers: Wednesday
We pick out a couple of eyecatchers from Wednesday's racing and bring you the latest news from the gallops.
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Former Flat Notebook 'inmate' Mime Dance landed a sizeable gamble when backed down from 12/1 to favouritism in the feature at Brighton with cheekpieces (along with a little help from the handicapper) enabling him to fulfil the promise that caught our eye earlier in the season.
Another runner jettisoned from the Notebook, Renaissant, shaped promisingly in a Lingfield maiden when finishing one place in front of Candlelight who has been retained in the list.
They were facing a stiff task against a long odds-on favourite and performed about as well as could have been expected. Charles Hills' filly is no star but a mark in the mid-60s should see her competitive in nurseries.
The mere fact Natural Charm was sent to a Brighton maiden would suggest she is not one of the stars in the Roger Varian yard either but, similarly, there was enough in her performance to suggest a nursery would be within her capabilities.
In a trappy four-runner race, the chestnut did not look particularly at home on the undulating track and was not asked too much of as she eventually took third place.
This was still an improvement on last month's Kempton debut and she would look more like a prospect to take an interest in once she goes handicapping, although a minor maiden would not be out of her reach either.
The mile and a half fililes' handicap at Kempton was a funny old affair with nothing very keen to go on and Ana Shababiya racing far too keenly in front.
Sleeper was driven out to take the spoils but it was the run of the third, Elpida, that caught the eye on her handicap debut.
The Giant's Causeway filly didn't do anything very quickly but did stay on well in the straight once the penny dropped and David Simcock should be able to find a race for this US$310,000 purchase.
The following fillies' maiden looked a decent race on paper and it wouldn't be at all surprising to see this race work out well despite the slow early fractions.
Newcomers Rock Kristal and Silver Rainbow are two to note next time after hugely encouraging performances while it's not often the Hannon-yard leave their money behind and it may be worth giving another chance to the gambled on Vesnina.
It was a one-two for Godolphin and the winner, Local Time, looked decidedly useful as she took Saeed bin Suroor's record with juveniles at the Sunbury on Thames track to a staggering 30 winners from 71 runners over the past five years.
Now that's a record worth following.
BOLD SNIPER is looking good in his preparation for a shot at the Ebor.
The gelding was an engaging sight as he came four furlongs on the Long Hill sand sporting a visor.
He always works in the device and wears it on course.
However, a sedate gallop in the early stages scuppered his winning chance at Royal Ascot while he performed well when third in the John Smith's Cup at York.
Sir Michael Stoute reckons he won't have any trouble stepping up to a mile and three-quarters in a York race that is traditionally run at a decent pace.
RUSSIAN REALM was slightly disappointing in his race at the Royal meeting.
He was on good terms with himself as he also travelled half a mile in a solo spin.
STAMPEDE was the next one up as worked with IDEA, although no questions were asked of either.
MATRAVERS can do well now he's going down the handicap route, and was another solo worker to take the eye.
Friday's Newmarket runner VOICE CONTROL buckled down to the task to get the better of fellow Headquarters hope INSHAA by a neck.
CAPEL PATH travelled kindly in company with MASHKOOR APPROACH.
Finally a couple of juvenile fillies came up the strip, with TAKE NO HEED leading VIVI'S CHARIS.