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Three-Year-Old To Be The Apple Of Cox's Eye

14th August 2019, 13:05 by Gerard Lees

Treble On The Cards For Improver

Things were not looking too good for the Clive Cox trained DARGEL after he made his debut last September and then ran a couple of times in the spring without troubling the judge but he's looked like a different animal since a wind operation was completed in May.

He showed real determination on his comeback run though, and, backed into favourite, got the better of Amor Fati by three-quarters of a length, with six others behind. That rival came has come out and won subsequently in fine style, franking the form in good fashion.

Dargel, still an entire, was then taken to today’s venue (Kempton) nine days ago, and over course and distance and on what is now the regular standard to slow surface, he slammed Corinthian Girl by nearly five lengths off a mark of 70.

A 6lb penalty doesn’t look enough to stop this now progressive type tonight who has all-weather king Adam Kirby on board again.

Top rated on BTO figures is COMEONFEELTHEFORCE who won over seven furlongs of this course in the middle of June, but he has been put up 11lb since then and has run a couple of moderate races under that burden. His Epsom trainer Lee Carter has had 24 runners since the horse's win without troubling the judge.

UNIVERSAL EFFECT looks next best and won at Chelmsford on Saturday. She is wearing a hood again this evening and that is a definite plus; she looks to be better on an artificial surface than turf. She is another one up 6lb but is a serious challenger and trainer David Lanigan has had two winners from seven runners in the last week.

G Lees

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gerard Lees

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