Preview: Galactic Star can shoot to prominence


<p>LONDON – Galactic Star proved a huge disappointment in France last time he raced, but is fancied to reward those who keep the faith in the Coutts Glorious Stakes at Goodwood.</p>

<p>A three-time winner last season, the son of Galileo was beaten favourite in his return to action at Newbury before shaping with promise to take third behind Getaway in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.</p>
<p>Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was last of five in the Grand Prix de Chantilly last time out, but seemed to find conditions too testing and it would be no surprise to see an improved effort back on this quicker surface.</p>
<p>The totesport Mile is always a tricky puzzle for punters to solve but the one to side with could be Luca Cumani’s Military Cross. The five-year-old has not been seen since scoring in his return to action at Salisbury in June as connections have decided to preserve his handicap mark. He is sure to be at a peak for this event, however, and should be involved in the finish.</p>
<p>Prolific has shown up well in a couple of the best two-year-old events of the season and is likely to give another good account of himself in the Sir Tristram Ricketts Memorial Richmond Stakes. Richard Hannon’s colt finished a close-up third in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and occupied the same position in the July Stakes at Newmarket. It is not inconceivable he is still improving and should dispute the finish.</p>
<p>Cheyenne Star got off the mark for the season at Leopardstown last time out and can notch a victory for Ireland in the Oak Tree Stakes. Frances Crowley’s mare asserted herself close home345 to beat a fair sort in Age of Chivalry in the Brownstown Stakes. Although she concedes weight all around on her first trip to these shores, Cheyenne Star looks the one to beat.</p>
<p>Ragdollianna had her limitations exposed in listed company last time out but has shown enough to suggest she is up to winning the Gaymer’s Original Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Bath. A bumper winner in April, she was only beaten 0.50 lengths in her first start on the flat over this course and distance. She was no match for the likes of Dar Re Mi at Newmarket last time out but meets weaker.</p>
<p>Carnaby Haggerston won nicely at Hamilton recently and can defy a 2kg hike in the weights to land the Turn on the Style Nursery at Haydock.</p>
<p>Awinnersgame has run behind some smart sorts already this season and connections appear to have found him an ideal opportunity in the Home of Racing Novice Stakes at Newmarket, while Aflaam did enough when beaten just 0.50 lengths into third in his debut to suggest he is up to winning the Nattrass Construction Maiden at Thirsk.</p>
<p>Bonneta has been crying out for a step up in trip and can get her head in front for the first time in the DRB Group Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at Bangor. The French-bred mare finished fourth behind well-touted Striking Article in her bumper debut at Carlisle and ran probably her best race since at Cartmel last time out. She got going all too late on that occasion and stepping up to 4800m in this event, Ferdy Murphy’s five-year-old ought to make her presence felt.</p>

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