God Willing takes a step up

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God Willing can take his first step up the big-race ladder with victory in the Group Three Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket.

Ed Dunlop’s charge was not a cheap recruit when changing hands for 210,000 guineas at Tattersalls in the spring, but it could have been money well spent judged on his incredibly likeable debut win at Newbury.

While he beat Raise Your Gaze by just a neck, he had not really settled until the halfway point and was not exactly all out in the finish.

God Willing dealt with the seven furlongs well that day and although a step up to a mile should prove no problem in the future, this a logical stepping stone for the Arch colt.

He is entered in the Racing Post Trophy at the end of next month and a win might prompt connections to raise his sights to Group One level.

Phiz has taken some time to hit her stride but following her excellent effort in finishing second at Doncaster she must take all the beating in the Princess Royal Richard Hambro EBF Stakes.

She drops in class after being beaten just over a length by the Classic-placed The Lark in the Park Hill Stakes - the ‘fillies’ St Leger’ - on Town Moor earlier this month. Also in her favour after an admirable run is a try back at 12 furlongs.

Repeater is another who showed up well at Doncaster and he tackles the Jockey Club Rose Bowl.

He was beaten just under two lengths by Times Up when third in the Doncaster Cup and should really be troubling the judge again.

He seemed to improve for the application of a hood and the same headgear is once more deployed by David O’Meara.

Las Verglas Star ran well enough at the Leger meeting and heads to Pontefract for the Simon Scrope Dalby Screw-Driver Handicap.

He was in fair form earlier in the year but after failing to sparkle at Ripon in June, Richard Fahey gave him a bit of a break before returning him to the fray.