Summer breeze on cards

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The feature race at Nottingham today threatens to be the mismatch of the season. The three runners in the D H Lawrence Stakes are headed by the Listed-placed Summer View, who steps down in class after finishing fifth of five in the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown last time.

The Roger Charlton-trained colt has to concede just 11lb to his opponents, Four Men and Mehmaas, but is officially rated superior to the pair by 81lb and 60lb respectively. They are likely to go off at huge prices for the £9,750 event, where each runner is entitled to £500 in appearance money.

Alan Berry's Four Men ran twice last week and today's race will be his fifth outing in nine days. He had a warm-up for Nottingham when finishing seventh to his stable-companion Santiburi Lad in a seller at Ripon yesterday and Berry said: "It would have made no difference whether Four Men won or not, the plan was to run him again."