Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

OXX LOOKS STRONG; Alanza Can Steal Show on Leger Day Two Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

OXX LOOKS STRONG; Alanza Can Steal Show on Leger Day Two Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

ALANZA can light up day two of the Leger meeting at Doncaster with victory in the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes (1.55).

Trained by the masterful John Oxx, who does not send his animals over the Irish Sea for a day out, this daughter of Dubai Destination is making rapid progress, and is already a dual Listed winner.

This is another step on the ladder, but it was pretty hard not to be impressed with the manner of her latest success at Tipperary.

Towards the rear early, she moved powerfully and showed a nice turn of foot when asked to win easily, prompting speculation about a possible supplementary entry for the Matron Stakes.

That was sensibly ruled out, but there is no doubting Oxx's charge could end up at higher level than this in time.

The one downside to her chance would be a serious deluge in South Yorkshire, as connections have previously stated a preference for a decent surface.

It could be a big day for Ireland as Sense Of Purpose is a major player in the DFS Park Hill Stakes (3.00).

In the care of Dermot Weld, the four-year-old has enjoyed an almost unbroken run of success since finishing last of five behind Fame And Glory at Navan in April.

The Galileo filly gets this sort of trip well, as witnessed a couple of starts ago at Leopardstown, where she made all and had Fictional Account, Fame And Glory's recent conqueror, back in third.

Weld could have gone for the Irish Leger at the weekend, so it looks significant he has opted to travel her instead.

Top Cop can give Andrew Balding another big sales race success in the Weatherbys Insurance pounds 300,000 2-YO Stakes (2.25).

Unexposed and progressive, he showed an excellent attitude when winning at Bath and has plenty of scope to improve again, with the extra half-furlong being to his advantage.

Besito looks well capable of defying top weight in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Carrie Red Fillies' Nursery (1. …

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