Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pastoral Is the Leading Player

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pastoral Is the Leading Player

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PASTORAL PLAYER has nowhere near as many wins to his name as he should for a horse of his ability, but he can add another in the HM Plant Hitachi Handicap at Ffos Las.

Hughie Morrison's threeyear-old has bags of talent, but can be his own worst enemy with his antics at the start.

However, he has invariably plied his trade in good company and rarely is he disgraced.

His latest effort again did not go smoothly from the stalls, but he was not far away in ninth in what looked a solid handicap at Doncaster, beaten less than four lengths.

Now on a mark of 92, a rating from which he pushed Mister Hughie to a neck at the start of the campaign, he can get seriously involved here if things go right on what represents a drop in grade.

Jaldarshaan looks well up to winning an ordinary maiden, which is exactly what she has been found in the shape of the Insider Dealmaker Maiden Stakes.

Bill Ratcliffe's youngster stepped up markedly from her debut run in August to chase home Constant Craving at Windsor last week, doing her best work at the finish to take third. …

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