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Atletico can score at Windsor and Bollin the net at Beverley

By Anita Chambers

Atletico has yet to really hit his stride this year but he can come good in the Sky Bet Windsor Sprint Series Handicap at the Thameside venue tonight

The five-year-old looked a useful type in two juvenile starts back in 2014 but was then off the track for 11 months, before returning to action the following June.

He won one of his three starts then, before his season came to an end in August, and then he faced another lengthy lay-off, during which Atletico was gelded. 

Roger Varian’s charge had plenty of supporters on his return this year at Ripon, finishing a promising third in the competitive Directors Cup last month.

However, he could not follow up at Ascot, finishing fifth in another tricky heat when he was possibly a bit disadvantaged by the draw.

Beaten four lengths, the handicapper has dropped him 1lb and it could be dangerous to write off Atletico in a race like this, especially with Varian going great guns.

Marie Josephe just lost out at this track earlier in the month, but she can regain the winning thread in the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies’ Handicap.

Out of luck on her first couple of starts, she opened her account for Richard Hughes over 10 furlongs here in June, earning a mark of 76 for her handicap bow.

She went toe-to-toe with a more experienced rival that day and perhaps she just lacked the know-how for a real battle, eventually going down by a head with the best part of two lengths back to the third.

The handicapper has edged her up 2lb for that effort, but Marie Josephe remains unexposed and could have more progress to come.

Sahreej is an eyecatching raider for Irish handler Adrian Keatley in the Finest Collection Of Racing On Racing UK Handicap at Ayr.

The four-year-old has taken a bit of time to get going, but after a couple of lacklustre early-season efforts, he finished third at the Curragh in June before stepping up again to finish second there last time out. A 1lb rise might not be enough to stop his charge here.

Bollin Ted won a weak race at Beverley by seven lengths and probably won’t have to be too good to follow up in the Racing Again Next Tuesday Handicap.

AYR: 1.55 Regulator, 2.30 Racquet, 3.05 Sahreej, 3.40 Magic Journey, 4.10 Tesko Fella, 4.40 Barwell, 5.10 Itlaaq.

BALLINROBE: 5.35 Six Silver Lane, 6.05 Alahida, 6.35 Zinat, 7.05 Palmones, 7.35 High Expectations, 8.05 Orgilgo Bay, 8.35 L’Attesa.

BEVERLEY: 5.55 Black Prince, 6.25 Lady Grand, 6.55 Maureb, 7.25 Strummer, 7.55 Navarone, 8.25 Media World, 8.55 Bollin Ted.

CARTMEL: 2.10 Le Deluge, 2.45 As You Like, 3.20 Cougar’s Gold, 3.55 Flying Eagle, 4.25 Wisty, 4.55 Alderbrook Lad, 5.25 Rockabilly Riot.

WINDSOR: 6.15 Villa Savina, 6.45 Marie Josephe, 7.15 Outcrop, 7.45 ATLETICO (NAP), 8.15 Adjacent, 8.45 Dragons Voice.

DOUBLE: Atletico and Bollin Ted.

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