PERFECTION (3.30) can gain reward for some consistent efforts this summer by scooping the Group 3 fillies' and mares' contest at Pontefract.
David O'Meara's four-year-old went down with all guns blazing behind Billesdon Brook at Goodwood, backing up another fine effort in defeat at Fairyhouse. Perfection drops to six furlongs which should not present a problem on this stiff track. She finished seventh in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot over this trip when drawn on the wrong side of the track. A visor is applied.
STORTING (4.30) was well backed at Goodwood but gave his rookie rider a torrid time, hanging right over to the stands' rail, forfeiting many lengths. Mick Channon's gelding has the services of Silvestre De Sousa today and although a 78 rating isn't usually good enough to win a middle-of-the-road Novice Stakes, this doesn't look a strong affair.
Ralph Beckett's Hereby has been treated quite leniently with a 3lb rise for her Chester victory and will be all the rage in the 1m 4f handicap. At an attractive each-way price I'd rather throw a few quid at JABBAAR (2.30), so often knocking on the door. He likes some cut underfoot and was second over course and distance to Andrew Balding's 92-rated Caliburn in June. Jabbaar lost nothing in defeat behind warm favourite Alright Sunshine at Musselburgh and deserves a change of fortune.
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