Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Steam in on Express Star at Nottingham race

John Gosden’s Expresso Star looks the one to follow in the Flint Bishop Handicap at Nottingham.

The Newmarket handler has enjoyed another great year, with QEII hero Raven’s Pass laying claims to be the top miler and Rainbow View emerging the best juvenile filly - not to mention Tazeez winning the Cambridgeshire.

And while Expresso Star may be one of the lesser lights in the yard, the £12,000 contest is nonetheless the feature race of the day at the Midlands track.

After a really promising debut behind the useful Tawaash, it was somewhat surprising it took him another three races to break his duck.

But when he did it was in no uncertain terms as the three-year-old slammed inferior rivals at Hamilton by 18 lengths.

Stepped up to handicap company for his next start, the progress continued as he waltzed home again.

This time the margin was cut to five lengths, but his superiority, this time over more experienced rivals, was not in doubt.

Expresso Star needs to carry a 6lb penalty for that success but this American-bred colt is seriously on the upgrade and can go in again.

Gosden’s Big Bound looks the most likely winner of the first division of the EBF Maiden Stakes.

A half-brother to Pampas Cat, who was third in the Chester Vase on only his second start earlier this season, he made a most encouraging debut at Haydock last month.

Second to Imposing, a Sir Michael Stoute inmate who had the benefit of a previous run, Big Bound showed endless promise.

He can only improve on what he showed on Merseyside and the fact he still holds an entry for the Racing Post Trophy indicates the regard in which he is held.

A topical tip in these uncertain times could be Simon Callaghan’s Recession Proof in the T Demna & Sons Nursery.

Three average performances in maidens were put well behind him with an easy six-length victory on his handicap debut.

Despite the 6lb penalty incurred for that stroll, Jamie Spencer, who has ridden more winners for Callaghan than any other jockey this season, has been booked for the ride.

Ed Vaughan’s Audemar finished second behind Michael Jarvis’ Cheviot on debut and while the winner has not confirmed his early promise, it was still a pleasing introduction.

The Colne Maiden Stakes at Great Leighs does not look the most competitive in the world and the booking of Spencer can only be viewed as a positive for a race of this nature.

It looks like Audemar will have most to fear from stablemate Hawk’s Eye.

Parc Des Princes looks an eyecatching entry in the EBF Fund Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Brighton.

Beaten a short head last time, he is effectively a winner without a penalty and can give William Buick a valuable triumph in his quest for the apprentice jockeys’ title.

Meanwhile, Richard Fahey clocked up 100 Flat winners for the first time in his career when Trumpstoo won the EBF/UTS Maiden Stakes at Newcastle yesterday.

Appropriately ridden by his stable jockey Paul Hanagan, the 9-2 shot made all the running to hold the sustained challenge of 2-1 favourite Custody by a neck.

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