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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:50am Monday 26th May 2014 in Sport
Ajmany failed to make the anticipated progress last term but he is worth another shot in the Happy 10th Birthday Racing UK Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar.
Luca Cumani's charge looked set for a fruitful period after winning at Nottingham last July following a couple of decent efforts previously at Ascot and Doncaster.
Despite hanging across the track at Nottingham, he impressed in winning by upwards of three lengths and Cumani duly raised his sights to tackle a competitive heat at Goodwood, but he failed to make any sort of impact that day.
Another lacklustre effort at Kempton in September saw connections call time on the Kheleyf gelding's season and the handicapper relented a fair bit before his reappearance at Newmarket last month, dropping Ajmany back to a mark of 89.
He duly ran a cracker on his seasonal return, going down by just a neck in what appeared to be a warm heat to a decent type in Niceofyoutotellme.
Ajmany showed plenty of promise in that performance and while the handicapper has taken a dim view in jacking him back up by 6lb, the four-year-old may be more capable of defying that increased rating with the benefit of another winter under his belt.
Cumani likes to send some decent types for this race and with previous winners in the last few years including his pair of Danadana and Forte Dei Marmi, it could pay to keep on the right side of Ajmany.
Stampede took a hike up the weights following his recent Windsor success but he looks a typical improver for Sir Michael Stoute in the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap.
Last on his only juvenile start, Stampede made steady progress in two early season runs before finally blossoming when running out a one-and-a-quarter-length winner on his handicap bow earlier this month.
Upped in trip to 10 furlongs, the High Chaparral colt was hardly all out to see off New Colours, finding just enough for a cosy triumph which has resulted in a 7lb rise.
However, the style of his victory suggested Stampede had plenty still to come and any further rain would certainly be in his favour as he went well on soft ground that day.
Glebe Spirit is reported to have been showing up well on the gallops so it might pay to support him as he lines up in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Windsor.
He was certainly one of the lesser lights for the Hannon team as a juvenile last year and while his initial third at Kempton does not look all that good, there were plenty of positives to take.
While Glebe Spirit was beaten eight and a half lengths by Despot, he was one of the first off the bridle so he did well in clinging on for minor honours.
The Invincible Spirit colt is entitled to make plenty of progress from that effort and the fact he has dropped 1lb in the weights is only another positive.
Rewaaya is sure to be a popular choice in the Bet toteexacta Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Leicester after her form got a massive boost last week.
Related to a black-type performer, Rewaaya completely missed the break on her debut at Ascot but made significant gains later in the race as she finished a four-and-three-quarter-length fourth behind Marsh Daisy, who has since gone on to win the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes.
Rewaaya hung across the track that day and flashed her tail a bit so while she is totally straightforward, she clearly has ability and can reverse form with Ascot third Wonderstruck, who also lines up here.
Listed company proved beyond Top Dollar at the end of last year, but a drop in class for the EBF Stallions Download The ApolloBet App Fillies' Handicap can pay dividends as she returns at Carlisle.
She hit the mark at the second time of asking last year before a wide-margin victory at Wolverhampton prompted trainer James Tate to raise her sights for a one-mile Listed heat.
Top Dollar found that too big an ask but was not totally disgraced and her current mark of 82 still seems workable.
Ratify was in rare form at the end of last season and can pick up where he left off in the Bet toteswinger Handicap Chase at Cartmel.
He took a while to find his feet but appeared better than ever when rattling off a hat-trick at the age of 10 in March and April.
Ratify began his run off a mark of 102 and while he lines up here off 121, he should be nicely refreshed after a couple of weeks off and ready to put his rivals to the sword again.
BALLINROBE: 6.00 Dance With Another, 6.30 Icy Reply, 7.00 Streak, 7.30 Zarawi, 8.00 The Ring Is King, 8.30 Bell Walks Day, 9.00 Morney Wing.
CARLISLE: 2.10 Mattmu, 2.40 Al Khan, 3.15 Shadowtime, 3.50 Top Dollar, 4.20 Alluring Star, 4.50 Shillito, 5.20 Ferdy.
CARTMEL: 2.20 Never Never, 2.50 Princess Bella, 3.25 Ratify, 4.00 Edmund, 4.30 Pentiffic, 5.00 Euro Farmer, 5.30 Maller Tree.
LEICESTER: 2.15 Trixie Malone, 2.45 Monopoli, 3.20 The Firm, 3.55 Double Up, 4.25 Stone Roses, 4.55 Rewaaya, 5.25 Cherry Princess.
REDCAR: 2.35 Eye Glass, 3.05 Olymnia, 3.40 Stampede, 4.15 AJMANY (NAP), 4.45 Secret Oasis, 5.15 Precision Strike, 5.45 Master Dan.
WINDSOR: 2.00 Bazzana, 2.30 Cape Cay, 3.00 Glebe Spirit, 3.35 High On Life, 4.10 Taquka, 4.40 Saigon City, 5.10 Pernica, 5.40 Midnight Rider.
DOUBLE: Ajmany and Glebe Spirit.
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