Racing: Glistening to shine in Ebor
Wednesday 23 August 2006
Sir Michael Stoute is on course for a ninth trainers' championship but his bragging rights do not extend even a furlong from his stable gates. Last year Luca Cumani won the Japan Cup with Alkaased, culled by Stoute for just 42,000 guineas, and today he can add the Totesport Ebor Handicap with another horse recruited from his next-door neighbour.
Glistening (2.50) makes his first start beyond a mile and a half since changing stable. He certainly looked hungry for extra distance when staying on dourly for third behind Young Mick last time, and can reverse form on 7lb better terms.
Cumani can start the day in style with Futun (1.45). Though this eager colt has pulled too hard over longer trips, he can be expected to improve now he is dropped in distance and fitted with a tongue tie.
The star turn is Alexandrova (3.25) in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks. Her improvement since being beaten by Short Skirt here in the spring makes her much the best filly of the present crop and she cannot be opposed against her own sex.
Most of the form in the Scottish Equitable Gimcrack Stakes has come with an emphasis on speed, but at least Bodes Galaxy (2.15) has professionalism and aggression on his side.
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