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Classy Abingdon looks like a stout choice for success

By Nick Grant

Published 07/09/2016

Sir Michael Stoute
Sir Michael Stoute

Abingdon rates nap material in the DFS Park Hill Stakes on a cracking second day of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster tomorrow.

Seen just once last year, Sir Michael Stoute's three-year-old has come on in leaps and bounds, meeting her sole defeat during this campaign in a Listed race at Newmarket.

Even that run promised much as she finished well on her first try at a mile and a half, and it was no surprise at all to see her relish the long straight of the Knavesmire at York in the Galtres Stakes, where she obliged as a well-backed favourite.

The step up to a mile and six on Town Moor seems absolutely made to measure - she should really be able to hit top gear down the long run for home.

Stoute has his team in great nick, too - he had winners at five tracks over the weekend - so that also bodes well.

And it is worth sticking with the Freemason Lodge handler in the crownhotel-bawtry.com Handicap, where Poet's Word should take the beating.

He looks like developing into the type of middle-distance performer that Stoute does so well with, and there was lots to like about the way he swept to the front at Goodwood last time out, when things hardly went to plan.

Conqueror of Leger second-favourite Muntahaa in a Nottingham maiden at the beginning of the season, his one blip came when favourite at Epsom on Derby Day.

That is now forgotten and it might take a good one to get past him.

CHELMSFORD: 5.40 First Summer, 6.10 Braztime, 6.40 Mystique Heights, 7.10 Farandine, 7.40 Divisionist, 8.10 Innocently, 8.40 Quiet Warrior.

CHEPSTOW: 1.45 Miss Laila, 2.15 Cinders, 2.50 Chiconomic, 3.25 London Grammar, 4.00 Cryptic, 4.35 Alizoom, 5.10 Grams And Ounces.

CLONMEL: 4.05 Cyril, 4.40 Rosshaven Lady, 5.15 Lord Beaufai, 5.50 Henry's Girl, 6.25 French Ambassador, 6.55 The King Of Brega, 7.25 Court Artist.

DONCASTER: 1.55 Glitter Girl, 2.30 Blending, 3.05 ABINGDON (NAP), 3.40 Mubtasim, 4.15 Poet's Word, 4.50 Hydroxide, 6.00 Fairway To Heaven.

EPSOM: 2.05 Eminem, 2.40 Lolwah, 3.15 Mezzotint, 3.50 Jupiter Cross, 4.25 Shufoog, 5.00 Invade.

DOUBLE: Abingdon and Glitter Girl.

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