Horse racing: Great Hall can defy top weight

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Brian Meehan was talking in terms of a crack at the St Leger after Great Hall won a Newmarket maiden last month so he should be able to defy top weight in the Distinction Doors Handicap at Haydock.

Having performed with a modicum of promise in two previous racecourse appearances, he was sent off favourite for a 12-furlong fast ground event.

Victory always looked likely but he looked far from the finished article, wandering about inside the final furlong when the race was just about in the bag.

The third horse, Seamless, brought a rating of 84 into the contest and whether that is inflated or not, the way Great Hall disposed of him was creditable.

The fact Seamless has won a three-runner contest since at a Frankel-like price is neither here nor there in terms of this race.

Meehan’s horses tend to improve with racing and another step up in trip, this time to a mile and three-quarters, is sure to suit again.

The horse Great Hall beat at Newmarket, John Gosden’s Fledged, runs in the Cheveley Park Stud Maiden Stakes at Newbury.

It will be a major shock if he fails to break his duck.

Richard Hannon provides three of the five runners in the JLT Conditions Stakes and Tamayuz Star looks the pick.

Winner of a sales race at Newmarket last season, he has also run well in two more, one more last term and another this.

He made his handicap debut at Goodwood two starts back and was second off a mark of 97 and was not at all disgraced in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

In contrast, stablemate Redact has yet to conclusively prove that he has trained one while Jalaa needs to bounce back from a poor run in the Britannia.

Charlie Hills’ Premium had just her second start in the Cheshire Oaks but ran a decent enough race.