Ed Dunlop: has done well with his juveniles this season
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Baxter 11:06AM 27 JUL 2016
THE summer festivals come thick and fast now, and we are in the middle of Goodwood. On day one there was an obvious eyecatcher with Rich And Famous for the Mark Johnston team, and he should be winning soon.
Earlier in the week, Tschierschen also ran promisingly on debut at Windsor, and is another who will be fancied to go one better next time.
Those who kept the faith with Melesina were finally rewarded at Beverley this week, while I still believe there is more to come from Marie Of Lyon, who was not disgraced a Ascot in the Princess Margaret last weekend.
Previous selections from this column, Golden Easter and Helmsdale, are in action at Nottingham and Goodwood respectively on Thursday. Hopefully one or both will oblige.
Parfait, Nottingham, July 15, 3rd
Having been restless in the stalls, he then raced greenly for much of the contest before getting the hang of things towards the end. To only be beaten three parts of a length by two with previous experience was a decent effort and the front three were nicely clear. He should be winning soon.
Ripper Street, Chelmsford, July 19, 5th
Having made a satisfactory debut at Yarmouth, this colt again showed promise and will be of interest over further. Having been slowly away, the son of Big Bad Bob was never able to get really competitive, but did stay on steadily up the straight. When presented with 7f plus, he should be seen in a better light and is one to keep an eye for his next couple of starts. Runs at Newmarket on Friday.
Yarmouk, Doncaster, July 21, 7th
Not too much went right for this colt on debut, and his effort can be upgraded. Having travelled off the pace he was bought to challenge but looked very green and unsure of what was required. He was then badly hampered, which ruined any chance of him getting involved. With that experience under his belt he should be a different proposition when next seen.
First Quest, Newmarket, July 23, 6th
Like Ripper Street, this colt is trained by Ed Dunlop, and looked very well before making his debut. While never dangerous, he gave the impression he has a future. His pedigree suggests that he will perhaps need a bit further to make an impact, but he was not beaten far and did show up to challenge at the bottom of the dip but did not really quicken. He should be able to build on this effort.