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'He could have a decent handicap in him before contesting Listed or Group races'

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Our analysts pick out five horses who caught their eye over the last week. Members can view the race replays and add these horses to their Racing Post Tracker.

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Sixstar
Third, Pontefract, Wednesday

An early afternoon deluge had got into the ground by the time the second race was underway (the ground was officially changed to soft shortly afterwards), but there was no mistaking the promise shown by Sixstar in the 6f maiden.

Under a considerate ride, the Tim Easterby-trained newcomer – the fourth foal of a close relation to a 1m2f winner – caught the eye with the ground he made up in the straight to get to within two lengths of the unexposed winner Hamaki.

The Pivotal gelding should come on a fair bit for that experience and there is every chance he will be suited by longer distances in due course. Although this wasn't a strong event, he should come into his own in ordinary handicaps. [Richard Young]

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Irish Millions
Fourth, Yarmouth, Thursday

This 6f novice won by newcomer Rizg looked an above-average event for Yarmouth, especially as the runner-up is rated in the 90s and the winner is evidently a well-regarded sort.

Irish Millions, a 60,000gns yearling and half-brother to three winners, shaped well on his debut when a staying-on fourth under a hands-and-heels ride.

Horses from the William Haggas stable tend to come on a fair bit for their debut outings and the juvenile looks as though he will have no problems with seven furlongs at this stage. Although he may be vulnerable against the better types in this grade, he will be of definite interest when he goes into nursery company. [Richard Young]

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Adelisa
Fourth, Doncaster, Thursday

Adelisa, who was surrounded by subsequent winners on her turf debut on soft ground at Gowran in April, is one to keep an eye on if her performance on her handicap debut at Doncaster is anything to go by.

The filly, trained by Joseph O'Brien, had no problems with the quicker ground and caught the eye in the closing stages to get to within a length of a previous winner in a race in which the leaders didn't stop in the closing stages.

There is more than enough stamina on the dam's side of her pedigree to suggest she could easily be suited by the return to a mile and a quarter, and she is lightly raced enough to be open to further improvement. It will be a bit of a surprise if she doesn't get off the mark before too long. [Richard Young]

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Sense Of Duty
Second, Newmarket, Friday

Sense Of Duty shaped with immense promise when finishing within a head of the more experienced Rum Cocktail and could be the type to leave this bare form well behind on her next start.

Out of a mile winner (RPR 92) who was a sister to smart filly Sharnberry, the William Haggas-trained newcomer found herself in a pocket at a vital stage and then took time to get organised, by which point the winner had gone beyond recall.

William Haggas: trainer of the eyecatching newcomer Sense Of Duty

She made an excellent fist of it in the final half-furlong, though, and was in front just past the line. Five lengths clear of the third, she will have no problem picking up something similar in the coming weeks before having her sights set on loftier targets. [Marcus Buckland]

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Toshizou
Fourth, Curragh, Sunday

Toshizou caught the eye after a break of nearly four months on his handicap debut in a competitive event and is worth keeping an eye on in similar company in the coming weeks.

The unexposed three-year-old had precious little racing room throughout the last two furlongs but still finished hot on the heels of the first three, making his effort all the more meritorious.

The colt is unlikely to be inconvenienced by the return to a mile and a quarter and he could have a decent handicap in him before he goes on to contest Listed or minor Group races. He has no problems with a bit of cut in the ground and is open to further progress. [Richard Young]

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