Racing: Going gives Dandy Man a chance to play leading role

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The Independent Online

So often the best supporting actor, Dandy Man (3.10) can finally claim top billing in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York today. An experiment over six furlongs did not pay off in the July Cup last time, but he showed all his usual speed before fading into fifth. With a better draw he might have won at Royal Ascot two years running, and he is the class act in this field. True, he ran dismally here last year, but he hated the soft ground and conditions have been drying out nicely since the start of the meeting. You'resothrilling looks sure to be suited by a mile next year and in the Jaguar Lowther Stakes she faces a very fast filly in Visit (2.05). Defeat for the Irish filly under her penalty would by no means disqualify her as a Guineas contender. The Illies (2.35 next best) improved dramatically at Ascot last time and remains on a fair mark, but perhaps the best bet of the day is Racer Forever (3.50 nap). He has finished fastest of all in both starts since being fitted with blinkers and was unlucky not to catch the flourishing Third Set when giving him 15lb and meeting traffic at Ascot last time.

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