Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ribbon Looks a Cut above Main Rivals

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ribbon Looks a Cut above Main Rivals

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CRIMSON Ribbon found Listed company far too hot last time, but is the one to follow as she makes her handicap bow at Newbury.

John Gosden's charge is certainly bred in the purple, being a full sister to Hardwicke Stakes winner Bronze Cannon and a half-sibling of possible Classic contender Elusive Award, although she has yet to live up to her pedigree.

Crimson Ribbon made a pleasing enough start when third at Wolverhampton in April, but she had to dig deep when breaking her maiden with a neck success at Newmarket in May.

Gosden then stepped her up to Listed level at Yarmouth last month, when set a strong early pace under Nicky Mackay before weakening in the finish to fade right out of it.

There were some nice fillies in front that day, not least the winner Nashmiah, so it was no real surprise Crimson Ribbon was found wanting.

An initial mark of 83 does not seem overly harsh in the Malone Roofing Fillies' Handicap.

Centurio bumped into a nice prospect in Godolphin's Zeitoper on his racecourse bow, and he can improve on that third in the first division of the Pinke Jobs Maiden Stakes.

He ran very green in the early stages at Sandown that day before turning in a nice finish to claim minor honours.

Centurio should have learnt plenty for that experience and can strike at the second time of asking.

Lord Of The Dance can score for James Eustace in Kempton's Racing UK In Your Pub 0870 351 8834 Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Eustace's runner shrugged off a lengthy absence to finish in the frame at Wolverhampton last month in what was a most satisfactory performance.

Although the form of that thirdplaced run is nothing special, this Indian Haven colt may be good enough here.

Nudge And Nurdle makes a swift reappearance after winning at Fontwell, and his presence should be noted in the Charity Day Handicap Chase at Wincanton. …

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