Friday 21 October 2016

Bank on Euro Charline for reward in Newmarket

EURO CHARLINE can atone for her controversial Royal Ascot withdrawal by claiming Group One glory in the Qipco Falmouth Stakes on the second day of the July meeting at Newmarket.

Marco Botti's charge was well fancied for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes in Berkshire but proved reluctant to load with the starter eventually sending the field on its way without her.

Botti was adamant his filly had not been given sufficient time to comply with the stalls handlers but regardless of the rights or wrongs of the situation, he is sure to have done his best in the interim to make sure the incident is not repeated.

That lack of a run is hardly ideal but Euro Charline had previously posted an excellent effort to finish a five-and-a-half-length fourth behind Solow in the Dubai Turf at Meydan, on what was her first outing since winning in America last September.

The winner has since gone on to triumph in the Queen Anne while runner-up The Grey Gatsby has hit the bar in both the Prince of Wales's Stakes and the Eclipse, admirably demonstrating the substantial weight of the form.

Euro Charline has a little to find on the official ratings with a rival or two here but she is still only relatively lightly raced and can step up to the highest level once again.

EASTON ANGEL was unlucky to come up against the exceptional Acapulco in the Queen Mary at Ascot but there does not appear to be such a beast in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.

A winner at Musselburgh on her debut in May, Michael Dods' charge followed up with a stylish victory in the Hilary Needler at Beverley before going on to Berkshire.

With a half-share snapped up by Al Shaqab Racing on the eve of the meeting, hopes were high of a win to cement the new partnership but Wes Ward's US raider put paid to that with a power-packed performance.

Easton Angel was two and a half lengths clear of the rest and with a step up to six furlongs seemingly within her compass, she can establish herself as one of the season's leading juveniles.

NAVIGATE appeared to not quite get home over seven furlongs at Haydock when last seen so a switch back to six for the Betfred Mobile Handicap seems a logical step.

LUCKY KRISTALE has found it tough going since her juvenile days but a return to Listed level for the fillies' only 888Sport Summer Stakes at York gives her a good chance of registering her first win in nearly two years.

The four-year-old last got her head in front in the Lowther Stakes at this track in August 2013 with last season best forgotten as connections tried to eke out her stamina over seven furlongs and a mile.

Back to sprinting trips this term, Lucky Kristale found the Duke of York and Diamond Jubilee Stakes beyond her but tried in a Listed heat at Windsor, she found only the classy Tropics too good, in a race run in track-record time.

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