Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

David Junior Has No Fear of Ouija Board

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

David Junior Has No Fear of Ouija Board

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David Junior can reverse recent Royal Ascot form and see off the challenge of supermare Ouija Board in today's Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.

Having ended last season with a victory in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket, Brian Meehan's colt completed a double at the highest level when scoring a resounding success in the Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba in March.

Strongly fancied to add a third consecutive Group One title in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at last month's Royal meeting, he appeared to have been brought with a perfectly-timed run at the two-pole.

However, his trademark burst of acceleration was sadly missing and he could not hold the fast-finishing Ouija Board and eventually faded to fourth.

Today's longer straight should be much more in his favour so there must be a very good chance that David Junior will bounce back to his scintillating best.

Benbaun seems sure to run another big race in the Group Three Laurent-Perrier Champagne Sprint Stakes.

Mark Wallace's son of top-class sprinter Stravinsky has matured into a globe-trotting speedster who is capable of mixing it with the best around.

He has put up creditable performances at Chantilly, Royal Ascot and the Curragh so far this term, the pick of those results being a short-head defeat by Australian raider Takeover Target in the King's Stand Stakes at the Royal meeting.

A repeat of any of those efforts would surely give him an excellent chance here, so Benbaun is fancied to earn a deserved win on his way to a crack at York's Nunthorpe Stakes.

A 9lb hike in the weights seems unlikely to prevent John Gosden's improving Signatory from success in the bet365 Old Newton Cup at Haydock.

Never out of the first two in his four races to date, he is progressing nicely and arrives at Haydock on the back of a fine effort at Newmarket where he made all the running to beat River Alhaarth. …

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