Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Loving Spirit Has Winning Feeling

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Loving Spirit Has Winning Feeling

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Byline: Saraband

IT is a while since trainer James Toller had a nice juvenile to look forward to, but thoughts of Loving Spirit could keep him warm this winter. The Newmarket trainer has seen the likes of Bachelor Duke and Compton Place pass through his care and Loving Spirit, who lines up in the Bet At Houghton Conditions Stakes at Headquarters, looks another promising recruit. Once-raced, his debut came on the Rowley Mile at the turn of the month, where he put the more experienced White Frost to the sword by five lengths.

That was over seven furlongs on soft ground and he relished every yard, streaking clear despite hanging left.

With plenty of stamina in the pedigree he will be one for middle distances next season so the step up to a mile here is only going to be in his favour.

Frankie Dettori has deserted Al Zir in the Richard Hambro Darley Stakes, but don't let that put you off. The strapping Medaglia D'Oro colt is on the comeback trail after creditable efforts in defeat in the 2000 Guineas and Derby, where he travelled like a dream before finding the petrol gauge running on empty.

He returned at Doncaster's St Leger meeting, with the Godolphin operation at pains to stress beforehand that he would definitely need the run. …

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