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Royal Ascot eyecatchers: Horses to follow


Get the latest Notebook update from Peter Naughton who is not giving up on Forest Of Dean following his Wolferton run.



Shuv H'penny King produced more fabulous profits for the Notebook (8/1) when winning the 7f handicap at Sandown on Friday

It's difficult to come from behind on that track but the highly progressive three-year-old came from rear to win going away.

Pushed along and switched left over two out, Martin Dwyer's mount kept on in the final furlong to easily handle the drop in trip after winning over an extended mile at Wolverhampton last time. Easily defying a 5lb rise, there should be even more to come and he's entered at Goodwood over 1m this Friday.

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I stated last time that his sire Twilight Son improved 33lb at the same stage of his career.

Many thanks to my Racing TV colleague Martin Dixon for insisting I note this improver when racing on galloping tracks.

Twilight Son improved loads as a three-year-old, so this observer is interested in his progeny's progress in their second season. With that in mind, Shuv H'penny King could still be well treated, especially when able to use his big stride.

I found three for the Notebook from the first day of Royal Ascot:

Mostahdaf endured a wretched passage in the Group One St James' Palace Stakes. True, nothing would have beaten sensational winner Poetic Flare but John and Thady Gosden's colt had no luck when hampered on the rail and was eased when beaten.

Drawn in stall one, the son of Frankel was pushed along to make headway when hanging right and badly hampered over two out. The fast-improving three-year-old is a half-brother to Nazeef, who was a dual Group One winner for this stable last year.

Indeed, the Gosdens have won this race three times in the last seven years and Mostahdaf looked very good when taking his record to three-from-three with success in the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown last time.

From the same stable, Forest Of Dean beat only one rival in the Listed Wolferton Stakes under a 5lb penalty but that doesn't tell the whole story.

Well fancied, the quality five-year-old was short of room against the far rail when pushed along over two out. Eased in the final furlong, he deserves more chances at a similar level.

Forest Of Dean missed the whole of last year but has been in fine form on the all-weather, including a success in the Winter Derby. He remains unexposed on turf.

Stone Of Destiny ran well at a huge price when a close eighth in the Group One Kings' Stand Stakes, despite a slow start.

Racing in last place, the speedy six-year-old made headway and switched left before being pushed along two out. He then switched right and kept on with the promise of imminent success, especially if slightly lowered in class and/or with a better start.

Fourth in the Commonwealth Cup in 2018, Andrew Balding's course and distance winner ran well in the Epsom Dash last time and remains in top form.

I presented Racing TV from Haydock on Wednesday and noted Attagirl making a highly promising start when a close third in the 6f novice.

This looked an above-average race of its type with some smart horses catching the eye in the paddock boasting good pedigrees; this filly looked very professional in the preliminaries.

Karl Burke recently introduced Queen Mary-bound Illustrating to win at Catterick and Attagirl runs in the same colours of Clipper Logistics.

There was a whisper for this classy daughter of Wootton Bassett, who raced prominently on the outside, several yards away from the main group. Pushed along to press the leaders over a furlong out, she knew her job, despite racing alone, and led narrowly before just losing out to fellow newcomer Sadmah.

Attagirl should have no trouble losing her maiden tag and can progress; her sire improved plenty as a juvenile. She cost £90,000 as a yearling and Burke had saddled six two-year-old winners by the end of last week.



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