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Dunlop to enjoy red letter day

Ed Dunlop's Red Gulch is a confident selection to get back to winning ways in Leicester's Abbey Park Handicap.

He had only one run as a two-year-old but showed up well to finish third in a Kempton maiden last November.

Wolverhampton in March was his next port of call and he looked a smart prospect as breaking his maiden proved something of a formality.

Dunlop sent him back to Kempton in April but having shown a few wayward tendencies in his first two races in the preliminaries, this time he refused to enter the stalls and the decision was taken to geld him.

He was well fancied on his last start at Haydock but not much went right during the race.

Switched on more than one occasion, he could never really get going when finishing third and the drop to six furlongs was probably not in his favour.

Back up to seven again and with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, Dunlop's faith can be rewarded.

While Saeed bin Suroor's Godolphin yard have been struggling for a winner, new man Mahmood Al Zarooni has started his British career well.

He had a juvenile winner at Newmarket on Friday that had shown very little on debut and hopefully that trend will repeat itself with Battle Of Britain in the Oadby Open Maiden Stakes.

A brother of the classy Lawman, he will no doubt be suited further in time but there was enough evidence to suggest that his debut third will bring him on a great deal.

Clive Brittain's Elshabakiya ran into a smart one on her racecourse bow and can gain compensation in the EBF Forest Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

She was ultimately well beaten by Queen Mary-bound Maqaasid at Sandown but there was a lot to like about her performance.

It looked a strong maiden and she beat the rest well enough to suggest that, unless there is another with similar potential to Maqaasid lurking in this contest, she should collect.

The best bet on the card at Redcar is definitely Barry Hills' Madany in the EBF Median Auction Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

She finished second in what looked a hot Newmarket contest on her debut and was doing all her best work at the finish, suggesting the penny only dropped from halfway onwards.

The Acclamation filly is related to plenty of winners and holds entries in all the big sales races later in the season.

With Tim Easterby's yard in such good form, Mullglen has to be worth a small interest too in the Weatherbys Bank Handicap.

Michael Bell is not known for first-time-out juvenile winners so the fact that Margot Did knew enough to oblige bodes well.

She takes the next step along the ladder in the EBF/Hotpoint Home Appliance Novice Stakes at Yarmouth.

Mark Prescott's Aestival can defy a penalty in the Hyundai At Constitution Motors Handicap.


BALLINROBE: 5.25 Canis Major, 6.05 Sivota, 6.35 Major Key, 7.10 Hu Ha Jo, 7.40 Old Hall, 8.15 Speedy Max, 8.45 Grande Luso.

FFOS LAS: 6.25 Old McDonald, 6.55 Bushwacker, 7.30 The Jigsaw Man, 8.00 Exulto, 8.35 De Soto, 9.05 China Sky.

LEICESTER: 2.15 Elshabakiya, 2.45 Maoi Chinn Tire, 3.15 RED GULCH (NAP), 3.45 Celebrian, 4.15 Heliocentric, 4.45 Battle Of Britain, 5.15 Bold Tie.

REDCAR: 2.30 Madany, 3.00 Angel of Fashion, 3.30 Tropical Duke, 4.00 Mullglen, 4.30 Music City, 5.00 Interest Free, 5.30 Quadrifolio.

YARMOUTH: 5.45 Margot Did, 6.15 Artic Rose, 6.45 Whisper Wind, 7.20 All Moving Parts, 7.50 Collect Art, 8.25 Anne Of Kiev, 8.55 Aestival.

Double: Red Gulch and Madany.