Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Masterpiece in the Frame for Ascot Delight

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Masterpiece in the Frame for Ascot Delight

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DUTCH Masterpiece can get Ascot racegoers off to a smashing start on Shergar Cup day. The unique event on the racing calendar is often more associated with theatre than sport, but the six-year-old sprinter can nonetheless play a leading role in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash.

Gary Moore's inmate has hitherto been disappointing this term, but a closer look at his run at Glorious Goodwood is quite revealing.

He could only finish 11th in a tight five-furlong handicap, but that was partly due to him having made a slow start.

Dutch Masterpiece was also hampered inside the final furlong once he had started to accelerate, after which his jockey allowed him to come home in his own time.

It says a lot about how his summer has gone that his Goodwood performance was probably the best of his year to date.

Be that as it may, these sort of sprinters invariably hit peaks and troughs and perhaps now is the time to get involved again.

Dutch Masterpiece would probably not appreciate the ground getting too much quicker, but his two previous runs at Ascot strengthen the case for the defence as he won a Listed race over this course and distance last October.

Just as importantly is the fact he was touched off by the shortest of heads in this race 12 months ago, with the winner, Secretinthepark, in receipt of 7lb.

The Group Three-winning son of Dutch Art returns for another go off exactly the same mark yet should be available at fair odds, such has been his recent travails on a racecourse.

Balty Boys' claims in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile are probably even cloudier, but he still rates as an interesting candidate at what is likely to be a very big price.

Brian Ellison's seven-year-old has had a frankly awful season, but he has been set some stiff enough tasks and will appreciate this return to a mile. …

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