Peter Naughton's Notebook: Global Falcon can win again

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Global Falcon ensured the very first tip from the Naughton Notebook won at 10-1 in the 1m4f handicap at Leicester on Saturday.

Charles Hills' well regarded three-year-old set a steady gallop before quickening four-out. Although headed soon after, he rallied to lead over a furlong from home and stayed on beat market rival, Message, half a length; not many beat one of Mark Johnston's in a finish, with a sizeable gap to the rest.

Global Falcon first caught my eye when unable to gain a clear run in finishing fourth at Kempton on debut and has started handicapping off a low base of 71.

The well bred son of Siyouni could prove well worth his 115,000 guineas purchase price and I'll be backing him to follow up over the same trip at Salisbury on Saturday.

Round The Island has dropped to a dangerously low mark (57) and looks ready to strike in the 6f handicap at Carlisle on Thursday. This strong finisher is well berthed in stall five, as the runners were keeping to the far side on drying ground when I was there for Racing TV last week. The speedy gelding was a major eye-catcher in the 6f handicap at Pontefract last Monday and is 10lb below the last of four victories at the West Yorkshire track.

Richard Whitaker's track specialist had been out of form but would have gone very close with a clear run. Locked in a pocked over a furlong from home, Phil Dennis' mount ran on past beaten horses when seeing daylight. Carlisle's stiff finish is not dissimilar to Pontefract's, so Round The Island rates a good bet off such a low mark.

Southern Rock ran into a very well treated progressive winner when a close second to Dal Horrisgle in the extended 1m2f handicap on Thursday.

David O'Meara's improving gelding lined up on the back of two wins from as many starts since joining the ex-jump jockey from Andre Fabre; this was another improved performance, despite finishing second.

Tracking the leaders, Southern Rock moved into second two-out and regained that position close home.

His good attitude should bring more success over similar trips and connections would be unlucky to run into such a strong rival in this company next time. I interviewed the winning owner/breeder Andrew Stone afterwards and he considers Dal Horrisgle to have realistic chances of progressing into Pattern company, so this is strong form.

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