Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hotham Can Follow in Shooz Footsteps

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hotham Can Follow in Shooz Footsteps

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NOEL WILSON bagged the Gosforth Park Cup (7.25) with Pavershooz last year and can repeat the trick with Hotham at Newcastle tomorrow.

The five-furlong race has become something of a graveyard for favourites in recent years and Pavershooz was sent off at 12-1 to do the business 12 months ago.

Hotham is likely to be a similarly generous price after something of a hit-and-miss campaign so far this year.

He ran a cracker on his seasonal bow at Doncaster but failed to really build on that in his next couple of starts before showing a glimmer of promise again when third at Newcastle.

The seven-year-old then totally missed the break when miles off the pace at Musselburgh but showed himself to be no back number with victory at York last time out.

He defied top weight to win a useful event on the Knavesmire in fine style and while he has been raised a further 5lb for that effort, he might not be done with just yet.

Flambeau impressed on her seasonal reappearance and can take the next step up the ladder in Newmarket's European Breeders' Fund Fillies' Conditions Stakes (8.05).

The daughter of Oasis Dream will having just her third start after finishing fifth on her only start as a juvenile.

She showed she had really thrived over the winter at Newbury last month, though, running out a ready three-quarter length winner of a fillies' event. Trainer Henry Candy believes she is capable of gaining some black type this term and this six-furlong heat looks an ideal stepping stone to Listed class.

Ragsah is the name to note in the opening European Breeders' Fund Maiden Fillies' Stakes (6.00).

Saeed bin Suroor's charge is a half-sister to Dubai Millennium, the ill-fated Dubai World Cup winner, so she is obviously bred to achieve great things.

Dffar was too green to do himself justice on his racecourse debut but should be a bit more streetwise in the simpsonmillar. …

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