Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heho, Heho, It's off to Make an Impact We Go

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heho, Heho, It's off to Make an Impact We Go

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HEHO has shown glimpses of ability but the switch to handicap company at Nottingham can prove the making of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly.

One second place in three maiden runs sees her start on a mark of 74 in the PHS Waterlogic Fillies' Handicap and that could prove to be a lenient mark in due course.

Heho never looked like making an impact on her racecourse bow on the Kempton all-weather last September but she shaped with more promise on her first turf outing at this track last month.

Beaten by just over four lengths, the winner has since gone in again at Ascot which gives the form a solid look, particularly as one or two other also-rans have shown up well too since.

Returned to Nottingham again at the end of April, Heho posted her best effort yet when second to My Spirit, being beaten just a length after making an early bid for home.

Her rider was far from hard on her in the finish that day and Stoute is a master at placing this type of horse to best advantage.

Aktabantay was only narrowly beaten in what appeared to be one of the hottest juvenile events so far this season and it would be a surprise if he cannot strike gold in the EBF Stallions Happy 10th Birthday Racing UK Maiden Stakes.

He cost 370,000 guineas as a yearling and looked as though he might offer an immediate return at Newmarket, only failing to pull back the well-regarded Elite Gardens by a short head.

Aktabantay was very green that day, though, with the penny taking a while to drop and he should have learnt plenty for the outing.

Trainer Hugo Palmer views the son of Oasis Dream as a possible Royal Ascot type so he really should be winning here if he is to live up to those kind of aspirations.

Aurelia Cotta notched her all-important first win at Warwick last month and can build on that in Bath's Handicap.

The Holy Roman Emperor filly finally hit the mark at the fourth time of asking on her handicap debut.

Three outings as a juvenile yielded little joy so Charlie Hills wasted no time in setting her sights on handicaps, with a mark of 59 proving fair enough to see her run out a head winner. …

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