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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Courtesy can put manners on Kempton rivals

COURTESY CALL has yet to hit the target in eight starts, but he can right that statistic with victory in the Back Or Lay At betdaq.com Handicap at Kempton.

The three-year-old may not yet have got his head in front, but he has been a pretty consistent competitor and appeared to take his racing well as a juvenile.

Campaigned up to a mile last term, Courtesy Call looked a horse who would develop into more of a middle-distance horse this year, and that opinion was borne out on his seasonal return. Trying 11 furlongs for the first time, the Manduro gelding was prominent for much of the race before staying on into second place.

Fugitive Motel is another handed a new assignment as he lines up over five furlongs in the Betdaq Mobile Apps Handicap.

He changed hands for just 8,000 guineas in February this year after unsuccessful spells with Richard Hannon and Peter Chapple-Hyam.

However, the Holy Roman Emperor gelding soon opened his account for Hans Adielsson when sprinting home over six furlongs at Lingfield last month.

Haamaat is the choice in the Goffs Ready-To-Run Sale April 3rd Handicap, after making a highly satisfactory return earlier in the month. Winner of one of her two juvenile starts, she was all the rage for a moderate fillies' handicap at Lingfield and despite everything not going quite to plan, she still triumphed in the manner of a very smart animal.

The Shamardal filly reverts to seven furlongs here and will take some beating.

Morocco has some nice entries in big sales events next month and victory at Lingfield would set him off along the right road.

John Gosden's charge hails from an excellent family but was obviously not quite ready to make his debut as a juvenile. His lack of experience ahead of the Prestige Heritage Maiden Stakes is not ideal, but his trainer can certainly turn out a race-ready debutant.

On Khee let down favourite backers last time but she can make amends in Taunton's Setsquare Recruitment Handicap Hurdle, while Ajzal is worth another chance in the Charity Meeting 5th April Novices' Handicap Chase.

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