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‘Charleston’ to waltz home!
Bungee Jump is by no means a leap of faith in the nine-runner Novice Auction Stakes over seven furlongs of Newcastle tapeta tonight, Kevin Ryan’s charge is a solid time-handicap nomination.
Successful over a similar distance with stable-jockey, Kevin Stott, at Carlisle in September, on soft ground, Bungee Jump was outpaced around the sharp Catterick course only ten days later but beaten only five lengths, achieving a half-decent TH mark under Shane Gray.
Too often two-year-olds are sent back too quickly, this looked a classic case and it’s significant Bungee Jump hasn’t raced for seven weeks!
On the Gosforth Park course there are no excuses, the surface is outstanding and continues to impress jockeys who, believe me, can be right moaners.
James Fanshawe’s Newmarket yard continues in fine form which has given jockeys, Daniel Muscott and apprentice, George Wood, plenty of confidence; once-raced Destinata could be a serious rival judged on a promising debut last month on Kempton polytrack.
Expect Destinata to improve but, hopefully, not enough to beat Bungee Jump!
Stott is also booked for Charleston Belle, blinkered for the first time when Giles Bravery’s charge attempts to make it fifth time lucky in an ‘aged’ Maiden Fillies’ Stakes over six furlongs.
Charleston Belle is also journeyed a long way from Cambridgeshire but Bravery has spotted an excellent opportunity because only Irish raider, Evie’s Wish, rates a danger; mount of Paul Hanagan!
Rest of this eight-race programme comprises six handicaps; over the same course and distance French wont be a surprise if she causes one in the ‘aged’ Fillies’ Handicap. If able to replicate her winning romp at Thirsk, back in May, this will be a procession!