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Conditions look ideal for Akmal

Akmal can begin his season with a real swagger by claiming Listed honours in the 'Further Flight' Stakes at Nottingham.

Seven times a winner as a three-year-old, the chestnut son of Selkirk deservedly earned a big ramp in class last year.

And trainer John Dunlop was vindicated when Akmal won a really competitive renewal of the Group Two Henry II Stakes at Sandown last May.

He was then rightly sent to Royal Ascot for the Gold Cup, in which he beat just one home.

That in no way tells the full story, however, as he was still leading five furlongs out before becoming embroiled in a barging match with the eventual winner, Rite Of Passage.

Those exertions knocked the stuffing out of him as he turned in a curious display in the Lonsdale at York, before finding the ground too testing at Newmarket.

Conditions will be ideal at Nottingham though, while he will also be appreciative of this significant dip in class.

Muntasib can take the Lay Back And Win At betdaq.com Handicap at Kempton.

Marcus Tregoning's three-year-old looked really progressive in the winter, twice winning on the sand.

This first attempt over a mile should come naturally to him.

Lenny Bee should also go well in the feature race of the day at Beverley.

Now trained in Scotland by George Foster, having previously been in the care of David Brown, the six-year-old sprinter is just 5lb higher than when bounding clear in the Spring Into Racing At Beverley Handicap 12 months ago.


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