Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kazeem to Claim Newmarket Win; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kazeem to Claim Newmarket Win; Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

AL KAZEEM can justify his entry in the Great Voltigeur at York by claiming victory at Newmarket.

The three-year-old colt has always been fondly regarded by Roger Charlton, but needs a good display in the Play Rainbow Riches At Bluesq.com Conditions Stakes (8.0) to stand any chance of lining up on the Knavesmire later this month.

Happily for his supporters, everything would appear to be falling into place ahead of this assignment.

The son of Dubawi, whose progeny are flourishing this season, has done well this summer following a pretty noteworthy juvenile campaign, which encompassed a convincing defeat of the likeable Thimaar.

His return over a mile and a quarter was also impressive as he stayed on to take second spot behind Cai Shen.

Better was to come back at Newbury over the same trip, however, when he defeated a clutch of top-notchers to take the London Gold Cup in May.

Behind him that day were Labarinto, Fulgur and Dominant, whose prowess on a racecourse has since been advertised in far stronger races.

Despite having suffered a setback after Newbury, Charlton feels Al Kazeem is firmly back on the upgrade.

And while he looks to be crying out for a mile and a half - hence the Great Voltigeur entry - that should be inconsequential in a race of this nature.

Similar comments apply to Man Of God, who should take a great deal of stopping in the Andrew & Suzanne Are Getting Married Handicap at Haydock (8.40).

John Gosden's colt has made stealthy progress this summer, having signed off his juvenile year with victory at Yarmouth, and created a particularly favourable impression at Doncaster last time.

Although, on all known form, he probably had no chance against Dubawi Dancer, who runs earlier on the card, the three-year-old came from off the pace to take second, some six lengths clear of the third home.

Before that, the blinkers had a negative effect over a mile and five furlongs at Newmarket as he was far too keen for his own good. …

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