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Captain Dunne should play leading role at Beverley

Tim Easterby's Captain Dunne has been in the form of his life this season and will not be winning out of turn in the Violet And Eddie Smith Memorial Conditions Stakes at Beverley.

The five-year-old has been banging his head against a wall in all the big handicaps in recent seasons, but has shown on more than one occasion this term that he is up to mixing it at a higher level. And despite what the Pattern says, big-field handicaps are far harder to win than small field conditions events.

Captain Dunne was beaten a short head in a Listed race at Chester back in July, finishing in front of Borderlescott, and despite being by Captain Rio, his only really bad run this year came on soft ground.

He was beaten only a head by Mister Hughie and Prohibit in the Beverley Bullet and was not disgraced by the latter in another Listed event at Doncaster recently. That one franked the strength of the form by finishing third in a hot Group Three at the weekend so if Captain Dunne can reproduce something similar, he will take all the beating.

Look Busy looks a shadow of her former self and Our Jonathan is struggling, like so many sprinters, at three.

Richard Fahey will be placing his horses cleverly over the coming weeks in an effort to maintain Paul Hanagan's lead over Richard Hughes in the race to be crowned champion jockey.

Corsicanrun, a Derby entry, was an expensive failure on his debut at Thirsk a couple of weeks ago but can be expected to know more in the Martin Campbell Sorry You're Leaving EBF Maiden Stakes. The Medicean colt, who cost 175,000 guineas, was well beaten by a Mark Johnston youngster but the Fahey juvenile has obviously shown plenty at home and can go one better this time.

And as a half-brother to Steinbeck, decent things are expected of him.

Jedd O'Keeffe's Moral Issue should appreciate the drop back to five furlongs in the first division of the Thanks For Your Support in 2010 Maiden Stakes.

After two initial runs on the Westwood he was sent off joint-favourite at Ripon but had no answer to the finishing kick of No Poppy over six.

No Poppy has since run well in a good Doncaster Nursery so that form might be better than it initially looked. The best bet on the card at Folkestone is Henry Cecil's Sentosa in the Mobile.Ladbrokes.com Maiden Stakes.

Her debut effort can be forgotten as she completely lost her footing some way out and was allowed to come home in her own time.

It was a much better effort next time out when second to Longliner at Goodwood. That was essentially her first racing experience and she will have learned a good deal from it.

Over the sticks at Stratford, Nigel Twiston-Davies' former talented hurdler Cootehill can remain unbeaten over fences in the Paddy Power Wolverhampton Customer Novices' Chase.


BEVERLEY: 2.00 Liszt, 2.30 Moral Issue, 3.00 Jonelha, 3.30 CAPTAIN DUNNE (NAP), 4.00 Ella Grace, 4.30 White Deer, 5.00 Corsicanrun, 5.30 Kyle Of Bute.

FOLKESTONE: 2.20 Guto, 2.50 Secret Gold, 3.20 Bravo Bravo, 3.50 Mid Wicket, 4.20 Realt Na Mara, 4.50 Sentosa, 5.20 City Ground.

STRATFORD: 2.10 Tin Pot Man, 2.40 Cootehill, 3.10 Herschel, 3.40 Mr Big, 4.10 Bon Spiel, 4.40 First Rock.

Double: Captain Dunne and Sentosa.