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Six horses who caught the eye in defeat at the July Festival

By Harry Allwood@harry_allwood
Sun 11 Jul 2021

Harry Allwood kept a close eye on the racing action at the Moët & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket and picks out the horses he believes it will pay to follow.

Baaeed certainly impressed in the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes on Thursday, but I would have to nominate Starman’s victory as the performance of the week at the Moët & Chandon July Festival.

He met significant interference twice before storming home inside the final furlong and you would have to think he would have won by further had he not met traffic problems.

He had all the top sprinters in behind in what looked one of the strongest renewals of the Darley July Cup in recent years, and this was only his sixth start so, given his size and scope, there could be even more to come.

As ever, Angus McNae will be analysing all the key races using sectional times in The Verdict on Monday, so make sure you tune in at 8pm. The show will also be available to watch on racingtv.com afterwards.

Below are six horses who caught the eye in defeat, and are worth adding into your Racing TV Tracker.

MANDOOB

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Race: Second in the Bahrain Trophy Stakes (Thursday).

Mandoob shaped like a thorough stayer when successful on his first two starts and took another big step forward up in trip on his third outing here.

It was encouraging to see him travel better that he did on his previous two efforts and, although he was readily brushed aside by Yibir, he stuck to his task well again under pressure behind a three-year-old who was having his eighth start.

The winner had shown strong form in defeat ahead of this contest, and although two of the leading contenders – Gear Up and Stowell – both ran below-par, the front two pulled nicely clear of the 100-rated Dancing King.

The Lonsdale Cup over two miles is a possible option next, although a three-year-old hasn’t won that Group Two contest since 1995, and the March Stakes at Goodwood plus the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury could also be under consideration.

“I think there’s lovely races to be won with Mandoob,” said Nick Luck on Racing TV when analysing the race with Chris Dixon, and Dixon was equally as impressed. He said:

“He’s a nice horse. He’s taken a big jump up in class, and quality, here in terms of what he’s been against before, and he’s run a good race in defeat. He’s progressed, and this is a step forward on form. He’s no match for Yibir, but Yibir is a much more battle-hardened, conditioned horse than he is in this level of competition.”

THE ORGANISER

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Race: Sixth in the Tattersalls July Stakes (Thursday).

The Organiser looked a smart prospect on debut at York, and it was a shade disappointing he could not make an impact in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot next time out.

However, he raced exuberantly in that contest and did too much too soon, so it was no surprise to see him held up here and, despite racing keenly again, Oisin Murphy was able to conserve his mounts energy.

He travelled noticeably well when waiting for a gap to appear two furlongs out, and it wasn’t until he entered the final furlong that he finally got a run before staying on well under pressure away from where the race developed.

He also raced without the tongue tie he was declared in and was sweating beforehand, so this was a noteworthy effort under the circumstances plus his pedigree suggests he will be suited by a furlong or two further in time.

Analysing the race on Racing TV at Newmarket, Chris Dixon said: “The Organiser didn’t get a straightforward passage through and travelled better than anything at the point where he couldn’t get a run. I’d say he’s unfortunate not to go closer. He’s got more to give at the line, but connections will be encouraged there will be another day, based on this performance.”

The Gimcrack Stakes, and the Richmond Stakes, at Glorious Goodwood next month are both potential races this exciting youngster could be aimed at next, and he surely has more to offer once he learns to settle better.

ROYAL SCIMITAR

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Race: Fourth in the Each Way Extra at Bet365 Stakes (Thursday).

After showing bundles of promise as a two-year-old, including in the Acomb Stakes, Clive Cox’s charge was unable to build on those efforts on his first three starts this season.

First-time cheekpieces – which he wore again on Thursday - failed to make a huge difference at Royal Ascot, but the return to six furlongs clearly suited here.

He travelled nicely under pressure behind the leaders, and the contenders on the far side got first run on him, so you would have to think he would have almost won had he been drawn higher, especially as he was only beaten half a length.

This performance suggests he is capable of winning a similar handicap, despite the fact he is likely to be nudged up a pound or two at least for this effort, and a race like the Stewards’ Cup in August, or the Ayr Gold Cup the following month, are two big prizes that are sure to be under consideration by connections.

He is a handicapper to keep on the right side of wherever he goes next, especially if he can build on this, and Racing TV pundit Chris Dixon said:

“You’ve got to think he’s unfortunate to some extent, and he’s the one who has fared best of those that were in the lower numbers. Clive Cox’s horses are also starting to go well now.”

EHRAZ

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Race: Second in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Pro British EBF Maiden Stakes (Friday).

By Showcasing out of an Exceed And Excel mare and from the family of Pearl Secret, it was a slight surprise to see Ehraz make his debut over seven furlongs here.

After a slow start, the Shadwell-owned colt travelled strongly in last place before showing lots of speed to stay on into a never-nearer second behind an expensive yearling by Kingman, who had the benefit of a recent run.

There were a number of other youngsters with a striking pedigree in opposition, and it is likely this maiden will prove to be a strong one.

Martin Dixon, Racing TV's pundit at Newmarket on Friday, said: “Ehraz was much the best of the newcomers. The winner, third, fourth, fifth and sixth all had runs behind them and he swept past the whole field from last to second.

“He showed loads of ability to do that and had to be taken right to the back of the field to be switched off and settled. He’s clearly seen out his race. To finish second on debut in a good race like this, he’s obviously effective over the trip, but he does show a hell of a lot of speed and ability more than anything through the middle-part of the race to pass nearly the whole field on the bridle. He’s very promising indeed.”

LADY BOWTHORPE

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Race: Fifth in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (Friday).

A stellar renewal of this Group One contest certainly didn’t disappoint, although if you ran the race again, it would be no surprise if the result was different.

Lady Bowthorpe travelled strongly towards the rear, was forced to switch wide before making her challenge and flew home to snatch fourth. Judged by the way she finished, she would have surely won had she endured a clear run sooner.

William Jarvis’ stable star looks tailor-made for the Qatar Nassau Stakes over ten furlongs at Goodwood on July 29, which she is a best-priced 10-1 for, and there is no doubting she will stay that trip, especially as she won over nine furlongs on her seasonal debut.

The five-year-old has shown strong form this year, and is capable of gaining a deserved success at this level before the end of the season.

Analysing the race on Racing TV, Nick Luck said: “She’s had to work away from the far rail, all the way round the outside of the field and she’s covered so much ground. She’s desperately unfortunate."

Primo Bacio was another who was hampered before staying on, and I think this run proves she is capable of winning a Group One, especially as she should have more to offer.

BOUQUET

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Race: Third in the Rossdales British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Saturday)

This filly was relatively weak in the betting before the off but found plenty under pressure and stayed on nicely from last place to finish third on debut.

The daughter of Dark Angel is the first foal of a 1m2f Listed winner who was sold for 2,200,000gns while carrying this filly, and was only pushed out under hands and heels behind two contenders who had the benefit of experience.

Bouquet’s dam is also a full sister to 2020 Derby winner Serpentine plus is closely related to other Group winners who stayed nine furlongs-plus, so there is stamina in her pedigree, and she was beginning to close on the front two near the finish before she was short of room and had to be eased.

This was a hugely encouraging effort that she is sure to have learnt plenty from, given her inexperience, and Martin Dixon was equally as impressed. Speaking live on Racing TV, Dixon said:

“She’s the big eyecatcher and may prove to be the best filly in this race. She’s been beaten by a pair with experience that were racing closer to the pace and she also suffered a little bump late on. She showed inexperience but came home strongly.”

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