Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sud Looks Set to Sample Success; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sud Looks Set to Sample Success; Racing Preview

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SUD PACIFIQUE boasts outstanding claims in the Shadwell ''Standing For Success'' Handicap (5.20) at Newbury.

Jeremy Noseda's charge takes a discernible drop in class for this assignment, having previously finished a good sixth behind Brown Panther at Royal Ascot.

Although the three-year-old made late headway in the King George V Stakes, Ryan Moore was perhaps anchored too far back, and did not accelerate on the rain-softened grounded as quickly as he might have wished.

That effort at least signified a mile and a half is now the way forward with Sud Pacifique, who was stepping up to that distance for the first time at Ascot.

Before that, of course, he had looked sharply on an upward curve, winning in nice style at York and Doncaster.

He remains handily poised off a mark of 92 and takes within his stride a broad spectrum of conditions.

Sud Pacifique hails from a yard on top of its form, and can pocket this prize before being targeted at a good pot later this summer.

B Fifty Two must also be considered for the Rose Bowl Stakes, sponsored by Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd (3.40).

It usually takes a good one to win this Listed prize over six furlongs, and John Hills' inmate certainly falls into that category.

Having claimed a small Bath prize in April, better was to come at Newmarket a month later when he defeated Lilbourne Lad by a head.

With that rival having since won at Group Two level in Ireland, the form could not be any stronger.

Connections were, to that end, far from taken aback by his fine display at Royal Ascot, where he finished just over five lengths behind Power in the Coventry Stakes.

A strong line-up has been lured to the party in Berkshire, but B Fifty Two is surely up to winning a race at this level - especially on fast ground.

Hamilton, meanwhile, stage a typically competitive evening card, on which the John Smith's Scottish Stewards' Cup (7.45) is the feature.

While stakes should be kept to an absolute minimum, it could pay to side with the Tim Easterby-trained Mister Hughie. …

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