Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What a Great Choice; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What a Great Choice; Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

GREAT Acclaim can make a dream start in handicap company as he lines up in the Kathe Kaye Memorial Handicap at Sandown (7.05).

James Fanshawe's charge lost his maiden tag when making a triumphant seasonal bow at Leicester in April, notching a two-length verdict despite looking pretty green in front.

He wandered around a bit and pricked his ears but still managed to confirm the promise of his sole juvenile start in hanging on for victory.

Great Acclaim has been awarded an opening mark of 78 and sticking to his winning trip of seven furlongs here, he can go in again.

Marcus Augustus might not be much of a price for the Killik & Co Wealth Management Maiden Auction Stakes (6.00), but he will take all the beating.

Richard Hannon's charge just came off second best to a better-fancied stablemate on his debut but he looked sure to improve for the experience and should strike gold here.

Henry Cecil fields two in the Pour To Profit And UDS Maiden Stakes (8.10) but preference is for Astrantia.

A full-sister to Group Two winner Strategic Prince, this filly has the pedigree in the book and while she has obviously taken some time to come to hand, she can start making up for lost time.

Klynch is a horse in red-hot form and it would be dangerous to go against him in the Garry Owen Handicap at Hamilton (3.40).

The five-year-old kicked off his winning streak at this track in early May and he has defied his subsequent rises in the handicap to win again at Carlisle and Newcastle.

He must shoulder an extra 12lb this time but he landed a competitive Newcastle heat in good style last week and is obviously not finished with yet.

Beso should appreciate the switch from maiden company as she tackles the Edenbrook Fillies' Handicap at Lingfield (5.20).

A third is the best effort she has posted in three maiden starts, with that performance coming at Wolverhampton last November.

She was not beaten that far when fifth on her return at Haydock in April and tackling slightly less classy company here, she could finally get her head in front for Luca Cumani. …

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