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Al Aasy is not one to trust
AL AASY could be given the benefit of the doubt after coming up just short against two tough battlers in the Coronation Cup and Princess of Wales’ Stakes, but it is much harder to excuse his defeat in the Legacy Cup at Newbury. Al Aasy, making his first start since undergoing a gelding operation, travelled typically powerfully at Newbury and cruised up to join the leaders a couple of furlongs out.
However, he wilted when pressure was applied and ended up beating only one rival home, running below form. He is clearly a talented performer, but his weak response off the bridle means he is now one to treat with caution. He now has the infamous Timeform squiggle.
Hurricane Ivor a top-level sprinter
It wasn’t all bad news for Al Aasy’s trainer William Haggas at Newbury however, as HURRICANE IVOR won the Group 3 World Trophy Stakes in the style of a sprinter going places. Hurricane Ivor, turned out quickly after winning the Portland Handicap the previous weekend, is really thriving at present.
He took the step up in class in his stride, coming home powerfully to register a decisive three-quarter-length success. He is an imposing type physically and could still have more to offer for his leading yard. He can make an impact in the top sprints next season.
Inspiral’s Sandown form given a boost
INSPIRAL is clear at the head of the betting for next year’s 1000 Guineas after posting three impressive wins, and her form was given a boost on Sunday when Wild Beauty won in Canada. Wild Beauty had been no match for Inspiral in the listed Star Stakes at Sandown in July.
However, she was an emphatic winner of the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine, where she powered 2-and-a-quarter lengths clear of her rivals in the style of a potentially smart filly. Inspiral’s form now has some substance as well as style, and she will be tough to beat in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket next month.
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