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Norton trainer John Quinn on course to celebrate Yorkshire Summer Festival
The latest round of the Yorkshire Summer Festival takes place at Doncaster tomorrow evening and Norton trainer John Quinn has every chance of getting in on the act.
Quinn saddles Planetex, a lightly-raced sprinter, who came good at Ripon last month.
Sent off at 16-1 on that occasion, he won in fine style, leaving the impression that, with further experience, he could hold his own in run-of-the-mill handicaps.
Planetex makes only his fourth public appearance in the Skybet Supporting Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival Handicap over six furlongs and makes appeal from the foot of the weights. Barry McHugh has the mount.
Ryeadale apprentice Shane B Kelly is reunited with Al Furat in the tyregiant.com Handicap.
Ronnie Barr’s gelding was a beaten favourite at Redcar last time out in the race won by Gala Casino Star, but a slow start did not help his cause. He is better judged on his previous course win.
If you forgive him his latest blip, Al Furat is not to be overlooked, stepping back up in distance.
Mick Easterby’s recent Wolverhampton winner Up Ten Down Two is worthy of consideration in the Napoleons Casinos Sheffield Handicap, but preference is for Scrupul, trained by Luca Cumani and the mount of Kieren Fallon.
Although he has yet to achieve a great deal, Scrupul has shown a fair level of promise, including last time out at Sandown when he finished fourth of nine in handicap company. There may be a little more improvement to come from him now the ground has finally dried out.
Mick Channon’s Sorella Bella (6.10), who showed promise when fourth on her debut at Newbury, and Consistant (6.45), a respectable second at Pontefract last time out, are two to note.
The nap selection is awarded to Moodhill, the mount of Paul Hanagan, in the Banstead Handicap at Epsom’s evening meeting.
Trained by Charles Hills, Moodhill was well supported when winning in style at Doncaster three weeks ago.
That was only his third career start and he now ventures into handicap company. He does not look badly treated as he is a horse with heaps of potential and is selected to gain another win.
Blessington should not be missed in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing Maiden Stakes.
Although unplaced on his debut at Windsor, his sixth-placed effort tells only half the story as he started very slowly and also met trouble in running. In the circumstances, he performed really well to finish in mid-division.
Blessington will know much more about what is required and makes plenty of appeal, particularly as he is trained by John Gosden, whose horses are in unstoppable form.
6.10 Sorella Bella, 6.45 Consistant, 7.15 Planetex, 7.50 Perfect Step, 8.25 Scrupul, 8.55 Al Furat.
6.00 Blanc de Chine, 6.35 Ryan Style, 7.05 Blessington, 7.40 Moodhill (NAP), 8.15 Bouggatti, 8.45 Dutch Diamond.
Tomorrow’s other meetings:
Bath, Folkestone, Sandown and Uttoxeter.
Catterick, Leicester, Lingfield, Sandown and Worcester.