Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dalakhani Colt Is Just the Job; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dalakhani Colt Is Just the Job; Racing Preview

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ANDREW Balding's Just When caught the eye at Windsor last week and can open his account in the Maiden Stakes (4.50) at Folkestone.

The Dalakhani colt, owned by George Strawbridge, has shown signs of greenness in his two runs to date but appeared to be getting the hang of things close home last time out.

On his one run as a juvenile at Newmarket last season he lost all chance with a very tardy start before plugging on at just the one pace over a mile.

At the Royal track last Monday he showed much more behind the impressive Roger Charlton-trained winner, Rosslyn Castle.

Yet again he was slowly away but racing over 10 furlongs rather than a mile enabled him to creep into the race.

While he only finished sixth of the nine, he did not have a clear run and made some late progress to be beaten just over eight lengths.

He has another two furlongs to cover here, which his pedigree suggests should suit, and on paper this looks a much weaker contest.

George Baker's Piers Gaveston may be favourably treated in the Richard Flower Handicap (5.25).

He showed enough ability in three maidens at two to suggest that a mark of 69 may leave some room for improvement.

On debut he was only three and a half lengths behind Bronterre which, despite that one getting turned over in the Greenham, looks head and shoulders above what any of his rivals could produce.

Third over seven furlongs at Folkestone when last seen, this step up to nine and a half furlongs should be within his reach.

Mark Johnston has made an unusual flying start with his juveniles and Storm Moon is taking to follow up a debut victory at Musselburgh in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (5.30) at Southwell.

The Invincible Spirit colt made every yard of the running in Edinburgh and never looked in any danger.

Crucially he also looks the type to progress through the season, specifically on pedigree. …

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