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GENERAL PANIC only cost 4,000 guineas as a yearling, but is bred to be sharp – related to some precocious sorts – and provided his trainer with a first winner since returning to these shores in a minor event at Southwell earlier this month.
He knew his job and showed a nice turn of foot when shaken up to lead inside the final furlong to win in cosy fashion. General Panic represents a yard that are doing well with their juveniles and he should make another bold bid under a capable claimer.
GUNNERSIDE showed much improved form to make a winning return on handicap debut at Newcastle earlier this month and shaped equally as well when finishing runner-up on his handicap debut at Kempton last week.
He showed plenty of speed on that occasion, racing freely and finding himself leading his rivals into the straight, kicking clear but headed around a furlong from home by a course specialist who was well suited by the way the race set up. The drop to 6 furlongs won’t be a problem on that evidence and he looks a leading contender from a 2lbs lower mark.
Not for the first time, SOME NIGHTMARE shaped better than the bare result on his all-weather debut over course and distance last time, making late headway under a considerate ride on his first run for six months.
He had undergone a gelding operation in that time, and won’t have to improve much further before he is winning a race of this nature. Some Nightmare hasn’t as many miles on the clock as some of these and a big run is expected.
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