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Fanunalter is one to watch

By Nick Robson

Fanunalter can enhance his upwardly mobile profile by scooping another Group Three prize at Salisbury tomorrow.

Marco Botti must be thrilled by the progress of his five-year-old this year following a string of fine performances, both in Dubai and in Britain.

He can again illustrate his well-being in the totepool Sovereign Stakes over a mile. Quantity over quality appear watchwords for this year's renewal, in which Fanunalter is arguably the stand-out performer in a 12-runner field.

Although he is burdened with a 3lb penalty following his determined Diomed success at Epsom, his narrow second against Dick Turpin at Ascot last time sets the standard.

Botti will be keen for an arid spell between now and the race, though, for Fanunalter has shown a great fondness for a fast surface.

If that is the case, he deserves to win a Group Three of this nature before stepping back up in class.

Sunday Bess must also be in with a good shout in the EBF Tobougg Fillies' Handicap.

Trained in Cheshire by Tom Dascombe, the three-year-old filly has turned in some really encouraging displays this term.

Having finished fourth behind dual Oaks heroine Dancing Rain in a Newbury maiden, she was then probably a little outclassed in a hot renewal of the Cheshire Oaks. That theory was perhaps emboldened in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot. Interspersed between those efforts, however, was a brave second to Queen's Vase runner-up Solar Sky at Haydock.

Dascombe will be quietly satisfied by the handicapper's revised rating of 76 for this daughter of Deep Impact, who remains quite an exciting prospect from the Manor House supply-line.

Mashaaref also looks to be firmly on the march ahead of the Holden Stud Handicap at Newmarket.

Despite being unraced as a two-year-old, Roger Varian's colt has made plenty of headway this term.

A maiden success over a mile at Nottingham served notice of his potential, while his second over 10 furlongs at Ascot last month was hardly head-in-hands time.

TOMORROW’S SELECTIONS: BEVERLEY: 2.10 Reve Du Jour, 2.40 Mungo Park, 3.15 Red Roar, 3.50 Broxbourne, 4.25 Lakeman, 5.00 Kheskianto, 5.30 Silly Gilly. CHEPSTOW: 5.15 Knocker Knowles, 5.50 Tuscan King, 6.20 Dr Wintringham, 6.50 Adaeze, 7.25 Viviani, 8.00 Thundering Home, 8.30 Miss Excel. GOODWOOD: 4.55 Dance Company, 5.30 Leenavesta, 6.00 Knightly Escapade, 6.30 Aldwick Bay, 7.05 Moynahan, 7.40 Absinthe, 8.10 Bermondsey Bob. LEOPARDSTOWN: 5.35 Ahimsa, 6.05 Banna Boirche, 6.35 Gold Mirage, 7.05 Canaille, 7.35 Ultra Cool, 8.05 Emulous, 8.35 Diamond Daze. NEWMARKET: 2.20 Appointee, 2.50 Mashaaref, 3.25 Interaction, 4.00 Trumpet Major, 4.35 Sea Soldier, 5.10 Planetoid, 5.45 Tyfos. SALISBURY: 2.00 Takeitfromalady, 2.30 Tight Lipped, 3.05 Orpen'Arry, 3.40 SUNDAY BESS (NAP), 4.15 Fanunalter, 4.50 Sarangoo, 5.20 May Contain Nuts. STRATFORD: 5.40 Seedless, 6.10 Crossword, 6.40 Crack At Dawn, 7.15 Torran Sound, 7.50 I´m The Decider, 8.20 Banyan Tree. TRAMORE: 5.25 Bleuker, 5.55 Table Forty Six, 6.25 Cadeaux Fax, 6.55 Give Us A Hand, 7.25 Prince Of Milan, 7.55 Canitellyou, 8.25 Realt Den Chathair. DOUBLE: Sunday Bess and Fanunalter

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