Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Pop up with a nice winner at Brighton races

Popiel caught the eye when staying on late to finish third on his Brighton debut and can make a winning return to the track for the EBF trainermagazine.com Maiden.

The Halling colt was slowly into stride over this course and distance first time up and ran very green in the early exchanges.

However, there was plenty to like about the way he stayed late in the day and was eventually beaten just five and a half lengths.

That experience will certainly not have been lost on the juvenile and it would be surprising if he does not go even closer this time around.

Shesha Bear won with something in hand at the Sussex venue last month and a 4lb rise in the weights may not be enough to stop her following up in the Malsar Kest Fillies’ Handicap.

William Muir’s filly had proved disappointing on her previous six starts so it was a minor shock when she held off the consistent Gracechurch last time.

That victory should have filled her with confidence and with promising apprentice David Probert again in the saddle, she looks sure to make her presence felt.

Playfellow made an impressive start to his career at Haydock in July and looks the one to beat in the williamhillpoker.com Novice Stakes at Lingfield.

The colt stayed on well in very testing conditions in Merseyside to score with plenty of his sleeve and this extra furlong should bring about even more improvement.

How he will handle the all-weather surface has to be open to debate, but a number of Group-race entries show he is held in high regard.

Connections will surely be hoping he can take a race of this nature.

The application of a visor worked the oracle at Kempton for Geoffdaw, who can strike again in the Realtime Radio @ williamhill.co.uk Handicap.

The three-year-old was a winner over course and distance a year ago but failed to reproduce that form on his first four starts this year.

Connections then decided to ditch the cheekpieces and fit the visor - a move that paid dividends as the gelding scooted in by two and a half lengths.

He picks of a 6lb penalty for that facile success but could be the sort to run up a sequence now he has got his head in front.

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