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Guineas also-ran Noozhoh Canarias can make a successful switch to the sprinting ranks in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Enrique Leon’s charge finished a creditable sixth in the 2000 Guineas on the Rowley Mile course back in May, cutting out the early pace before fading in the closing stages of what must be one of the strongest renewals of the Classic for many a year.

That was his first outing over a mile and against the likes of Kingman and Australia, it is no surprise that any weakness in his stamina was exploited as the field came into the final furlong.

That said, Noozhoh Canarias was far from disgraced in finishing just over four lengths adrift, confirming the excellent impression he had made when chasing home subsequent French 2000 Guineas hero Karakontie towards the end of last term.

He showed he can handle cut as well as quick ground at Longchamp that day, a factor which could prove crucial with an unsettled forecast in the lead-up to this six-furlong event.

Noozhoh Canarias has a few pounds to find with the likes of Slade Power and Sole Power, but he certainly wants for nothing in the speed department and Christophe Soumillon could well shoot for an all-the-way success given the Caradak colt stays a bit further.

Connections were reportedly delighted with a spin at the track earlier in the week and it will be a surprise if this Spanish raider is not in the mix at the finish, in a race where Classic horses have returned to sprinting with some effect down the years.

Avonmore Star is the choice in Hamilton’s Daily Record Handicap while Tearless can strike Salisbury gold in the EBF Stallions Winners Ladies’ Evening Fillies’ Handicap.

* Selections

ASCOT: 1.25 Caltra Colleen, 1.55 Intrinsic, 2.30 Tullius, 3.05 Lulu The Zulu, 3.40 Felwah, 4.15 Wrangler, 4.50 Saoi.

CHESTER: 2.15 Eastern Racer, 2.50 Foxtrot Pearl, 3.25 Mushir, 4.00 Bondesire, 4.35 Full Day, 5.10 Swift Cedar, 5.45 Comino.

DUNDALK: 2.10 Calm Bay, 2.45 Belts And Braces, 3.20 Red Laser, 3.55 Les Darcy, 4.30 Rawnaq, 5.05 Flowing Air, 5.40 A Greater Force.

HAMILTON: 6.40 George Bailey, 7.10 Straight Gin, 7.45 Avonmore Star, 8.15 Rock Canyon, 8.45 Operateur, 9.15 World Record.

NEWMARKET: 2.05 You’re Fired, 2.40 Gleneagles, 3.15 Hoodna, 3.50 NOOZHOH CANARIAS (NAP), 4.25 Shagah, 5.00 Disavow, 5.35 Noble Gift.

SALISBURY: 5.55 Be Bold, 6.25 Exceeding Power, 6.55 Big Chill, 7.30 Tigers In Red, 8.00 Mallory Heights, 8.30 Eugenic, 9.00 Tearless.

TIPPERARY: 2.25 Cape Clear Island, 3.00 Consonance, 3.35 Monsieur Power, 4.10 Fairy Flute, 4.45 Little King Robin, 5.20 Pumped Up Kicks, 5.50 Pay Your Way.

YORK: 1.40 Braidley, 2.20 Al Saham, 2.55 Red Avenger, 3.30 Kingsgate Native, 4.05 Mattmu, 4.40 Nashville, 5.15 Honest Bob’s.

DOUBLE: Noozhoh Canarias and Red Avenger.