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Timeform Eyecatcher: Sunday

BAY DREAM BELIEVER

Fourth, 1m2f novice, Epsom, Sunday 25 September

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The useful Nobel ran out a comfortable winner of this novice event, dictating a modest pace before quickening right away from them in the final furlong, ultimately winning by two and three-quarter lengths in the style of one much better than this grade.

A couple of those in behind also shaped with promise, not least the fourth Bay Dream Believer, who was probably most inconvenienced by the steady gallop, particularly as she ended up being stuck in rear after a slow start.

Pushed along two furlongs out, she made steady headway from there to be nearest at the finish, ultimately passing the post five lengths behind the winner.

Still rough around the edges, Bay Dream Believer is bred to need stiffer tests than this and could be the type to progress through the ranks when getting the opportunity to tackle staying handicaps.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Saturday

EASTERN EMPRESS

Sixth, 1m fillies' novice, Haydock, Saturday 24 September

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Several of the top stables were represented in this two-year-old contest and there was a promising debut from John & Thady Gosden’s filly Eastern Empress who ran a lot better than the bare result in sixth after making a big move to get into contention.

Racing in rear after missing the break, she made smooth headway out wide over three furlongs out before her effort flattened out and came home eight and a half lengths behind the winner Conservationist.

By Dubawi out of the useful performer up to a mile and a half Intrigued, Eastern Empress will be well suited by middle distances in due course as she’s a half-sister to Michelangelo who was third in the St Leger for the same stable and is bred on very similar lines to Coronet who was a very smart mare for the same connections.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Friday

PURE ANGEL

Second, 6f fillies' maiden, Haydock, Friday 23 September

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Pure Angel had featured as a Timeform Eyecatcher when making a very promising debut at Nottingham back in April and, having been absent in the meantime, shaped very well again on her return from five months off.

Stepping up to six furlongs this time, Pure Angel powered through the race, coming from just off the pace to lead entering the final furlong, but was then headed in the final hundred yards before going down to the newcomer Couplet by two and a quarter lengths.

Lack of peak fitness after her absence was the most likely explanation for her tying up late on, though a return to five furlongs might not do her any harm either. She’s sure to improve a fair bit more and is a winner waiting to happen.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Thursday

LIKE A TIGER

Second, 1m maiden, Newmarket, Thursday 22 September

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This wasn't the strongest maiden for the track, and the two who had the best form beforehand failed to give their running, but there was plenty of promise to glean from the runner-up, Like A Tiger, who was making his debut.

By Farhh, out of a mare who won over a mile but stayed a mile and a half, he is bred to come into his own over middle distances as a three-year-old, but he travelled through this race like a horse with plenty of potential, one of the last off the bridle and still looking the likeliest winner well inside the final furlong.

Like A Tiger was picked up late on by one who put his experience to good use, but he seems sure to have learnt plenty from this, and he is well up to winning a similar event next time. He represents a burgeoning yard and he may develop into a smart performer.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Wednesday

SAGAUTEUR

Seventh, 1m2f handicap, Redcar, Wednesday September 21

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American Flag won the Watch RacingTV For Free For 31 Days Handicap after setting a stop-start gallop from the front at Redcar, and there were a couple in behind who should be marked up for their efforts.

None more so than David O'Meara's Sagauteur, who was badly positioned the way the race unfolded and passed the post with plenty still in the tank having been denied a run for the final furlong, at least.

He started the season proper with back-to-back wins at Newcastle and York and this effort suggested he could be ready to return to peak form having eased down the weights in light of some stiff tasks in the summer.

He won over 10 furlongs at Redcar last October so perhaps another shot at the same race could be in the office for the experienced six-year-old.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Tuesday

FORD MADOX BROWN

Third, 1m handicap, Lingfield, Tuesday September 20

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Ford Madox Brown is on a losing run stretching back to July 2021, but he deserves credit for his consistency having hit the frame for the sixth start in a row at Lingfield on Tuesday.

This was a particularly good effort given that Ford Madox Brown helped to force the strong gallop throughout. The leaders simply went off too hard and he stuck to his task very well under the circumstances to be beaten just a length and a half into third.

The other principals all came from further back and Ford Madox Brown certainly showed enough to suggest he remains on a fair mark. He is threatening to come good soon and will be one to keep on the right side next time.


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