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Which Sir Michael Stoute-trained newcomer was a 'huge eyecatcher' at Kempton?

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Sir Michael Stoute's first juvenile runner of the season and a Dermot Weld two-year-old who is a likely type for Galway are among a host of interesting horses in this week's column.

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Did well in the circumstances

Mokaman
Fifth, Hamilton, June 28

Was all but down and out when stumbling badly at the start, so he did remarkably well to finish as close as he did.

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Aplomb
Third, Thirsk, June 29

Came into this off a good run at Nottingham and was unfortunate not to play a bigger part in the finish, his route being blocked when he wanted to make ground. By the time he got in the clear, it was too late.

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Braveheart Boy
Sixth, Carlisle, July 2

Didn't build on his debut run in form terms, but he shaped better than the bare result having missed the break and found trouble in running, so he'll be worth another chance.

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Free Wind
First, Haydock, July 2

Progressed quickly last year but this was her first run since winning another Group 2, the Park Hill Stakes at the St Leger meeting. Going for a run up the rail at the two pole when the gap started to close, she was badly buffeted and struggled to stay on her feet. She dropped back to third too but picked up strongly to salvage the situation. She's a high-class filly and will be well worth her place in the Yorkshire Oaks field.

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Others of note

Mereside Diva
Fourth, Musselburgh, June 29
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Mitbaahy
Second, Sandown, July 2
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Protagonist
Fourth, Sandown, July 2
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Eyecatcher

Age Of Sail
Fourth, Windsor, June 27

Was an unplaced favourite on his only juvenile start for Charlie Appleby, but he'd since been gelded and was making his debut for new connections. Down in trip, he wasn't given a hard time in finishing well to take fourth and will be of obvious interest once stepping back up in trip and moving into handicaps.

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Hans Andersen
Second, Tipperary, June 29

A 450,000gns yearling by Frankel out of a 5f two-year-old Listed scorer (RPR 97), went into the notebook as a highly likely maiden winner next time. Ryan Moore gave him a nice education as he came home well to only be beaten 0.75l, and he should be all the better for this initial experience. He holds entries for the National Stakes and Derby.

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Heathcliff's Girl
Sixth, Beverley, July 1

Out the back early, ran into traffic problems as she tried to negotiate a passage. Running on at the finish having not had a hard race, she can do better, probably in nurseries.

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Keep In Touch
Fourth, Naas, July 2

The sole filly in the line-up, she showed promise on this debut. She raced towards the inner, raced a bit green in the straight and it was probably asking a bit much for her to go up a narrow gap next to the rail. All in all, it was a satisfactory effort and it would seem a logical step now for this Dermot Weld runner to go for the fillies' maiden at Galway.

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Others of note

Pulse Light
Fourth, Bellewstown, July 1
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Promising

Zarga
Third, Kempton, June 29

Sir Michael Stoute's first two-year-old runner of the season was a huge eyecatcher. She stayed on well despite running green and was closing in on the front pair near the line. Her rider was by no means hard on her and this half-sister to four winners is promising.

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Desert Hero
First, Haydock, June 30

The first foal of an unraced sister to 1m4f-1m6f (including Group 2) winner Dartmouth, created a favourable impression against mainly more experienced rivals on debut. This Derby entry should improve for the step up to 1m this season and will likely be well suited by 1m4f next year. He appeals strongly as the type to hold his own in better company.

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Others of note

Hougoumont
Second, Carlisle, July 2
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Her rider was by no means hard on her and this half-sister to four winners looks promising
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