Racing: Between Us makes long trip

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Sir Mark Prescott sends Between Us on the long journey north to Musselburgh and she can make the trip pay with victory in the Archerfield Cup.

This Galileo filly has not achieved the same heights as her French Oaks-winning half-sister Confidential Lady but comes here with some black type in the bag having finished third to subsequent Goodwood Cup hero Brown Panther at Pontefract.

While she was hardly close to the winner in being beaten 12 and a half lengths that day, Prescott’s clever bit of placing saw her stay on into the frame and claim an all-important place for her breeding future. He then tried to repeat the trick with the four-year-old in another Listed heat, this time a fillies’ only contest at Newmarket, but she faded into fourth after trying to make all.

The four-year-old proved highly effective at handicap level last term, winning twice and although she has quite a bit to find on the bare figures with top-weight Tropical Beat, she does have the advantage of race fitness on her side.

Prescott’s horses have by and large by in cracking form over the last couple of weeks and it is hard to imagine such a shrewd handler would travel so far north on the off chance.

Viva Verglas can complete a hat-trick in the British Stallion Studs EBF Conditions Stakes on the back of a fine victory in a competitive nursery at York.

David Barron’s charge was a wide-margin winner at this track back in June before following up on the Knavesmire. He is probably a bit better value than the official nose verdict suggested that day, having reared at the start before racing on the front end the whole way.

He is a speedy type and some big sales race entries later in the year suggest Barron thinks he has a touch of class. Magic Of Reality is on a hat-trick in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association/EBF Stallions Fillies’ Handicap at Newmarket.