Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

HALO LOOKS DIVINE; Hanagan Is Right Man for the Job Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

HALO LOOKS DIVINE; Hanagan Is Right Man for the Job Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

IT seems significant David Marnane has secured the services of Paul Hanagan for Golden Halo in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes (3.15) at Musselburgh.

Any Irish runners that make the trip for small prizes in midweek are always worth a look, and this Titus Livius colt would have strong claims on the formbook.

With the added factor of titlechasing Hanagan in the saddle, his chance must be even greater.

Marnane could quite easily have sent him to Dundalk for a run, but the good ground predicted in Scotland must have persuaded him to make the trip.

After finishing seventh of 11 on debut, beaten just over five lengths, he stepped up markedly on that when second only to Ballydoyle inmate Foot Soldier at Roscommon.

While Foot Soldier is by no means among the upper echelon of twoyear-olds at that star-studded yard, he is nevertheless a solid yardstick.

Tom Dascombe's Brockwell can be expected to improve immeasurably from his eyecatching first run at York, but with Hanagan up Golden Halo is expected to open his account.

Hanagan could also be celebrating after riding Lexington Bay for his boss Richard Fahey in the William Hill Scottish Cup Handicap - for the Willie Park Trophy - (3.50).

Three times a winner already this year, he picked up in really good style when claiming a competitive handicap at Haydock last time out.

The assessor has reacted by putting him up 4lb but that may be on the lenient side as Lexington Bay was only getting going inside the final furlong.

He steps up to two miles for the first time and that may bring about even more improvement.

Akula may be nicely treated on her return to the level at Nottingham in the nottinghamracecourse.co.uk Handicap (2.00).

He showed some pretty decent form over timber when not beaten far by the likes of Sam Winner and Local Hero and ran in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham. …

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