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No Day Never was well backed in the morning prior to finishing third in the 7f handicap at Chelmsford on Sunday.

Jamie Osborne's three-year-old, who was competing against his own generation, raced towards rear but didn't gain a clear run as the leaders headed for home. Switched right over a furlong out, he ran on well in the final furlong but the race was already lost.

He also ran well when filling the same spot over this course and distance in November but wasn't suited by soft ground and blinkers when disappointing when last seen 82 days ago.

No Day Never is well handicapped and may bid for compensation in a similar race at Kempton on Friday.

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Across the card, Mystery Fox was very strongly fancied in the 7f nursery at Haydock.

Heavily backed, Roger Varian's juvenile tracked the leaders and led after two-out. Keeping on, he was just held by Outgate (front two clear) and remains an exciting, unexposed prospect.

His third to Majestic Glory at Newmarket was boosted when the winner landed the Group Three Solario Stakes and Mystery Fox should have little trouble winning off a mark in the high 70s, and higher.

On Thursday, Gnat Alley made good late progress when up in trip in the extended 6f fillies' nursery at Doncaster.

The grey daughter of Caravaggio, who was easy to back before the odd, was steadied at the start and took a keen hold. Held up in rear, she was ridden in the centre of the group two out and although outpaced, rallied in the final furlong to finish a never-nearer fourth.

She received weight from good rivals but may do better giving weight in a slightly lesser race. Another step up in trip and/or a stiffer track could suit.

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Straits Of Moyle is learning all the time and produced a fine display of speed to win the 6f nursery at Carlisle.

Richard Fahey's juvenile was bought at the breeze-up sale, so connections have worked on settling him at home. Defeats at Ripon and Wolverhampton can be attributed to his being too keen but Barry McHugh settled him behind a strong pace here.

The son of Prince Of Lir produced a telling burst of pace two-out and the winning jockey told said Racing TV afterwards that his mount can progress off his mark now he's learnt to settle.

Connections have entered Straits Of Moyle in a similar race at Ayr on Friday.

Last Tuesday, Spinaround progressed from debut when a promising fourth in the 7f EBF novice at Leicester. John & Thady Gosden's quality son of Kodiac was backed at big prices but wasn't quickly away. Making ground on the downhill section at the start, he was switched to the outside and ran on well.

Nearest at the finish, there is much more to come; he looked likely to improve physically for this run.

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The £190,000 yearling had also been slowly away when eighth at Sandown on debut two weeks earlier and has enough ability to be winning races.

Look out for Notebook horse Poet's Magic in the 7f handicap at Ayr on Thursday.

Owner/breeder Ray Bailey said last month: "I always work back from Ayr's Western meeting in September and this mare will definitely be heading there."



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