Horse Racing: Lark-ing about at Town Moor

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The Lark is a tentative shout to take top honours in a difficult-looking renewal of the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.

Michael Bell’s horse is officially the best in the line-up, and should revel in this longer trip of an extended mile and six furlongs. She does, though, have questions to answer following a meek display in France last time.

Connections are right to point towards a lack of pace as being central to her demise in the Prix de Malleret in June, but the quiet manner in which she downed tools was admittedly a little disconcerting.

Before that, The Lark had looked a pretty smart animal, with her third-placed finish behind subsequent Nassau scorer Winsili at Newbury most promising.

That positive impression was enhanced by her run in the Investec Oaks, when she overcame a troubled passage towards the line to finish third. Being by Pivotal, the Lady Bamford-owned three-year-old ideally needs plenty of dig in the ground to be at her most effective.

There is more rain forecast, which bodes well, while her dam, Gull Wing, won over this trip so she should be bred for the job.

Annecdote has never really got the respect she deserved this summer, but can remind everyone of her gifts by winning the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes.

Trainer Jonathan Portman has done a terrific job with this daughter of Lucky Story, who has won three of her last four races with a degree of style.

Many considered her crowning moment to have been her neck success in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot, but even better was to come at Goodwood.

Despite having previously finished fourth a few weeks earlier in a Listed race back at Ascot, in which she was a victim of a crawling pace, Annecdote responded superbly in the Group Three Oak Tree Stakes. Portman’s inmate showed spirit, and no shortage of class, to win by three-quarters of a length.