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Jack Dexter - Doncaster 30.03.2013

Jack Dexter: four-year-old is a 25-1 chance for the Nunthorpe

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Jack Dexter needs rain
to run in Nunthorpe

JACK DEXTER, fourth in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, can go close in Friday's Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York's Ebor meeting if the ground is soft enough, according to trainer Jim Goldie.

The four-year-old progressed through the handicap ranks last year and has made his mark at Group level this term.

He was beaten only a length and three-quarters in the King's Stand and followed that with a cosy win in the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle.

A 25-1 chance for the Nunthorpe, Jack Dexter needs cut in the ground to line up.

The going at York on Sunday was described as good and mainly dry weather is forecast until Thursday.

Goldie, who also bred the son of Orientor, said: "I need rain to run him. He won't run on good to firm.

"He's the forgotten horse, but if it rains and the ground's good to soft they'll all be thinking about him - he ran a blinder at Ascot."

If Jack Dexter misses the Coolmore-backed Group 1 he has the option of heading to Haydock for the Betfred Sprint Cup, the target for stablemate Hawkeyethenoo.

Goldie added: "If it doesn't rain at York he could go to Haydock with Hawkeyethenoo. He doesn't need the rain as much as Jack Dexter who, on good-to-soft ground, could be on top of the pile of sprinters."

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