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Smart move will be to pull Wells if no rainfall at Newcastle

Wells Lyrical is unlikely to try to go one better in Saturday's John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle unless the heavens open.

Trainer Bryan Smart has warned he will not risk last year's runner-up on fast ground in the two-mile handicap.

"He won't run unless the rain comes," said the North Yorkshire handler. There's no forecast, which is a pain, but never mind.

"There's a lot of us hoping for some rain.

"He wants some juice and if (he) gets it, he'll run very well even, though he hasn't run for a long time.

"He's had a couple of racecourse gallops.

"He's in great form with himself but unfortunately we won't be going anywhere unless it rains."

Excel Bolt is enjoying a well-earned break after finishing a creditable third in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. The Bryan Smart-trained youngster raced on his own on the stands' rail yet was not beaten far in taking minor honours behind Approve in the Group Two over five furlongs.

He had booked his place at the Royal meeting by winning his first two starts, both at Musselburgh.

"It was a very good effort seeing he was on his own on the stands' rail," said Smart.

"He's in great form but I don't know where he'll go next. I'm going to give him three weeks to relax and then we'll see where we are."

Dream Eater is to bid for Group Two honours following his fine effort at the highest level at Royal Ascot.

Third behind top-class milers Goldikova and Paco Boy in the Queen Anne Stakes, the five-year-old will be aimed at the totesport Summer Mile on July 10.


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