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Fields Of Athenry on song for Windsor outing

 

'Fields Of Athenry looked a really smart recruit when making a winning debut at Wolverhampton in November, and has done little wrong in defeat in two subsequent starts in novice company' (stock photo)
'Fields Of Athenry looked a really smart recruit when making a winning debut at Wolverhampton in November, and has done little wrong in defeat in two subsequent starts in novice company' (stock photo)

By Ashley Iveson

James Tate has his string in flying form at present and can add to his tally at Windsor with the promising Fields Of Athenry.

Since seeing stable star Invincible Army make an impressive start to the season in the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster a couple of weeks ago, Tate has enjoyed a Wolverhampton double as well as winners at Chelmsford and Redcar.

Fields Of Athenry looked a really smart recruit when making a winning debut at Wolverhampton in November, and has done little wrong in defeat in two subsequent starts in novice company.

A third-placed finish on his return to Wolverhampton was followed by a fine effort to fill the runner-up spot at Lingfield - on both occasions conceding 7lb to the horses that finished in front of him.

He commences his handicap career from an opening perch of 84 in the Horse Guards Gin Festival 8th July Handicap - and with further progress likely as he steps up to a mile and a quarter for the first time, Fields Of Athenry should prove hard to beat, with the booking of Ryan Moore adding further confidence.

Telecaster gets the nod in the Follow At The Races On Twitter Novice Stakes.

Hughie Morrison's colt is up against two decent penalised opponents and a likely market rival from Sir Michael Stoute's yard.

But the son of New Approach ran a race full of promise on his debut when a tidy runner-up to a well-backed and more experienced favourite at Doncaster late last month.

Telecaster kept on well over this same distance on Town Moor, and was well clear of the remainder in a big field.

He looked a winner in waiting that day, and may well get off the mark at the second attempt here.

Space Bandit is of significant interest in the Napoleons Casino Bradford Handicap at Pontefract.

Bought out of Michael Bell's yard for the bargain-basement fee of 2,000 guineas, the four-year-old has already proved yet another shrewd purchase by Rutland-based trainer Mick Appleby.

The son of Shamardal secured his third win from seven starts for his current connections when completing a course hat-trick at Southwell recently and is able to run off the same mark of 87 as he switches back to the turf.

HEXHAM: 2.10 Glinger Flame, 2.40 Casimir Du Clos, 3.10 Calliope, 3.40 Saint Freule, 4.10 Apache Pilot, 4.40 Ravished, 5.10 Miah Grace.

PONTEFRACT: 2.20 Alminoor, 2.50 Space Bandit, 3.20 Foolaad, 3.50 Tynecastle Park, 4.20 Collect Call, 4.50 Spirit Power, 5.20 Skyva, 5.50 Conundrum.

TRAMORE: 4.35 Mister Capitano, 5.05 Staged Engagement, 5.40 Niccolai, 6.10 Oskar High, 6.40 Global Racing, 7.10 Well Joey, 7.40 Billaway.

WINDSOR: 2.00 Vicenzo Coccotti, 2.30 Whispering Leaves, 3.00 Puds, 3.30 FIELDS OF ATHENRY (NAP), 4.00 Telecaster, 4.30 Run After Genesis, 5.00 Sauchiehall Street.

DOUBLE: Fields Of Athenry, Space Bandit.

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