Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tim's Bay Ready to Dazzle in Cup

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tim's Bay Ready to Dazzle in Cup

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Byline: By Naomi Matthew Evening Gazette

Dazzling Bay has been in cracking form of late and Tim Easterby's four-year-old looks well worth the nap vote when he runs in the Northern Rock Gosforth Park Cup (7.25) at Newcastle tomorrow night.

The Malton trainer landed a Group One prize at Royal Ascot last week when Fayr Jag won the Golden Jubilee Stakes and with Somnus also in the yard, Easterby is particularly strong in the sprint division.

Normally it would be a worry that the progressive Dazzling Bay has put in all his best work at six furlongs, but he shows such speed that the drop down to a stiff five should not be too much of an inconvenience.

Dazzling Bay's last two runs have been real eyecatchers, as he looked all over the winner at York until he swerved right and threw away a decisive advantage, and followed that up with a fifth in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot.

He displayed plenty of early pace at the Berkshire track, gaining a prominent position before being run out of it in the final furlong, but that was top handicap form and there is clearly a big prize to be won with him while he is in such good nick.

Sweet Cando has dropped down the ratings without doing much wrong at all and looks to be on a very attractive mark in the Weatherbys Bank Handicap (9.25), especially after showing her well-being by running a half-length second to Divine Spirit at Ayr last time out.

Newmarket also stages an evening meeting, and Topkamp looks to have been presented with a first-rate opportunity in the Fillies' Conditions Stakes (8.40) over six furlongs.

Michael Bell's four-year-old has not won for over a year, but she has been mixing it in much better company than this and should appreciate the opportunity to get her head in front in a lower grade. …

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