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Aktabantay and Heho can prove profitable at Nottingham

He cost 370,000 guineas as a yearling and looked as though he might offer an immediate return at Newmarket, only failing to pull back the well-regarded Elite Gardens by a short head.

Aktabantay was very green that day, though, with the penny taking a while to drop and he should have learnt plenty for the outing. Trainer Hugo Palmer views the son of Oasis Dream as a possible Royal Ascot type so he really should be winning here if he is to live up to those kind of aspirations.

Heho never looked like making an impact on her racecourse bow on the Kempton all-weather last September but she shaped with more promise on her first turf outing at this track last month.

Beaten just over four lengths, the winner has since gone in again at Ascot which gives the form a solid look, particularly as one or two other also-rans have shown up well too since.

Returned to Nottingham again at the end of April, Heho posted her best effort yet when second to My Spirit, being beaten just a length after making an early bid for home.

Her rider was far from hard on her in the finish that day and Stoute is a master at placing this type of horse to best advantage.


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