Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bear Kohala in Mind at Newbury; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bear Kohala in Mind at Newbury; Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

KOHALA will surely appreciate a return to competing against her own sex at Newbury.

David Barron has long considered this grey daughter of Kodiac to be one of the best horses at his yard in North Yorkshire.

Indeed, she has hitherto confirmed that lofty reputation with a series of solid displays, including when fifth in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.

Kohala has now been unearthed a superb opportunity in which to strike at Listed level when she runs the gauntlet in the Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Stakes (3.45).

Although she was just denied in the Dragon Stakes at Sandown last time, Barron would hardly have been crestfallen by the outcome.

The juvenile was in receipt of plenty of weight from all but one of her rivals, but it was no disgrace getting to within a head of Forevertheoptimist, who thrived under Kieren Fallon's powerful urgings.

Forevertheoptimist is being campaigned by Linda Stubbs as a very good horse, so it would be no surprise to see that one hurled into Pattern races towards the back-end of the season.

Kohala, for now, stays at Listed level, which seems wise as she has the stamp of being a late-developing animal.

She certainly has no shortage of speed, though, which was evident in a bloodless Redcar success in May and her honourable effort in defeat at the Royal bazaar.

Barron would not be over the moon if the heavens were to open, but Kodiac's offspring have shown a degree of promise when the mud is flying, so that might not inconvenience Kohala as much as some of her rivals here.

The fact she is already the highest-rated animal in this field could be prescient.

Harvard N Yale looked a creature of great potential on his debut, and can neatly illustrate the point when sent into battle at Newmarket.

A half-brother to the decent US campaigner Lady Digby, Jeremy Noseda clearly thinks the world of this Smart Strike colt, who retains an entry in the National Stakes and the Royal Lodge.

Noseda is not idealistic on the evidence of his first-time-out second at Newbury, when he showed brute force and stamina to take the silver medal behind Ektihaam, who has been quietly mentioned as being a potential Classic candidate next year. …

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