Racing UK presenter Peter Naughton has scoured the video form from last week and has three horses for your Racing UK tracker account - get notifications when your horses run.
Bertog held three entries last week but connections boldly opted for the fiercely competitive 7f nursery at Newmarket on Wednesday.
I asked John Mackie, the the colt’s trainer, to assess his chances on the morning of the race and he replied: “This is a step up in class but Bertog is a good horse.”
Racing on the far side as the field split into two groups, Paul Mulrennan’s mount chased the leaders and showed good pace throughout.
Ridden to chase the winner over a furlong out, he kept on under pressure inside the final furlong but lost second close home.
Bertog is built to improve and connections can be very confident of collecting in the short term, before progressing through the ratings.
He looks very well treated off 72.
On the same card, Simpson ran with enormous credit when second in the 1m1f nursery.
Stepping up from 1m, the two-year-old gelding looks capable of winning off his mark on the evidence of this second to the lightly-raced Lynwood Gold.
Held up in midfield, he moved into fourth at the three-furlong pole and gradually closed before chasing the winner inside the final furlong.
Simpson kept on but could not reach Mark Johnston’s close relative of Drumfire; the winner could be a Group horse in the making.
Ed Walker’s unexposed gelding deserves more chances over similar trips.
In the 7f novice median auction, Timpani was easy to back against hot favourite Left Alone but beat that rival in a tight finish.
John Gosden’s highly-regarded juvenile was racing in the stronger division of the event, despite the time being almost a second slower. The switch to turf clearly helped the daughter of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass and a return to further will help too.
Pressing the leaders, she was ridden over a furlong out and stayed on well to lead in the last strides, but wasn’t vigorously ridden, so there’s tons of improvement to come next term.
Despite this success, Timpani will start handicapping off an exciting low base.
This fine filly is a half-sister to six winners including Listed victor Poseidon Adventure and Listed-placed Kisses For Me.
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