Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Yes Sir! Stoute Can Strike Again; RACING PREVIEW

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Yes Sir! Stoute Can Strike Again; RACING PREVIEW

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SIR Michael Stoute has an enviable record in the Woodcote Stud EBF Valiant Stakes at Ascot and Ultrasonic can give him yet another victory in the Listed race.

Since 2003 alone Stoute has won it with Coy, Echelon, Wasseema and Strawberrydaiquiri and Ultrasonic holds big claims given the form she has shown over a variety of trips so far this season.

She was fourth behind Lily's Angel at Lingfield in a Group Three on her seasonal debut and fifth when quietly fancied for the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom on Derby day.

Ultrasonic then finished fourth again behind Producer in the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket and third to Gifted Girl in a Pontefract Listed event, with the official handicapper assessing her as running to virtually identical marks on each occasion.

Consistency is obviously one of her strengths and a reproduction of just one of those efforts will probably be enough to make her the one to beat in what looks an interesting, if winnable contest.

Andrew Balding's Mysterious Man can be rewarded for a string of good efforts this season with a win in the John Guest Brown Jack Stakes.

This used to be quite a prestigious race and while that is no longer the case, it has nevertheless attracted quite a decent, if small field.

Balding's charge was beaten just a short head by Sun Central at Salisbury on his reappearance and that looks very good form now, while he also ran well at Chester and Royal Ascot.

He races off the same mark as when fifth of 19 to Well Sharp in the Ascot Stakes, so he obviously acts on the track, and this is nowhere near as competitive a race.

Bonnie Charlie has been in good heart of late and the booking of Jimmy Quinn is a positive in the Seddon Property Services Stakes at York.

While usual pilot Paul Quinn has won on him this season, off a mark of 74, he has gone close in his last three races, all off 77.

Everything needs to drop exactly right in these sprint handicaps but confidence is key for jockeys and Jimmy Quinn is riding as well as he ever has done and may just be able to weave his way through the field on Dandy Nicholls charge. …

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