Purple Fling now set for handicap

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SOUTHWELL, June 22: Sir Mark Prescott's Newmarket yard continued in good form when Purple Fling ran out the convincing winner of the Toulouse Limited Stakes over six furlongs.

It was a particularly praiseworthy effort as the Music Boy colt was having his third race in six days and he proved well suited to the step up from the minimum distance.

Ray Cochrane took up the running approaching the straight and was always going to hold the effort of Cavers Yangous in the final furlong, eventually winning by three-quarters of a length, with a further length back to Little Saboteur.

The four-year-old is also effective on turf (acts on firm and soft) and should be able to pick up a reasonable handicap on that terrain before the season is out.

Captain Jimmy Wilson notched his second first-time-out juvenile winner of the year when Jimjareer overcame obvious inexperience to win the Moulin Rouge Maiden Auction Stakes over five furlongs.

Keiran Fallon's mount was slowly into stride and had to be rousted along to go the early pace. But the colt picked up in good style (despite hanging left) to lead in the last 150 yards and held on well by a neck.

The juvenile, who has only one eye, will stay further - he is by Jareer out of a Chief Singer mare - and can only improve for this outing.

Similarly, Rushcutter Bay, who was also making his debut, missed the break and ran all over the place before finishing with a flourish to take fourth spot.

The running of Skelton Countess can safely be discounted as the Imperial Frontier filly was seemingly full of running when badly hampered on the stands rail passing halfway.

She had performed creditably on turf behind Fag End at Pontefract three days earlier and looked sure to get off the mark in maiden company at the very least.

WOLVERHAMPTON, June 24: Super High turned in a much improved performance on his first run at Wolverhampton when thrashing his rivals in the Weatherbys Newcomers Series Handicap over eight and a half fur- longs.

Paul Howling's colt, 6lb higher than when successful at Southwell last time, drew clear in the final furlong to beat Miss Zanzibar by five lengths.

The handicapper is bound to take a dim view of this, and the three-year- old will be upped considerably in the weights, but such is his rate of progress that a hat-trick cannot be ruled out.

Sailormaite, who hadn't run on the artificial surface since winning at Southwell last August, put up his best peformance when winning the Daily Star Top Tipster Handicap over six furlongs.

Roy Bowring's four-year-old travelled supremely well under restraint from Stuart Webster and, having led a furlong from home, he had too many guns for Palacegate Touch, whom he beat by a length and three quarter. Another for a hat-trick.

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