Kodi Bear can remind racegoers he can still be a force this season by winning the totepool Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury.
It has not been smooth sailing for Clive Cox’s three-year-old colt, but he is a deeply talented animal on his day and has enough about him to win a race like this.
The son of Kodiac made quite a splash as a juvenile, winning well at Ascot before finishing second in the Dewhurst, but he was a poorly horse in the spring and did not surface until June.
Kodi Bear capably made up for lost time, though, as he defeated Short Squeeze by nearly a length in a good Listed race over an extended mile.
Next up was the Prix Jean Prat in France, and while the general consensus seemed to be that he was not quite at his best, it was a rough old race and he ended up travelling too freely to get seriously competitive.
Cox has given him a nice few weeks of recuperation, which should have done him the power of good with this assignment in mind - especially as he is in receipt of healthy chunk of weight from several older, possibly more exposed, horses.
He will also enjoy himself if the ground stays on the brisk side, which cannot be said for a few of his rivals in this Group Three over a mile.
Irish Hawke looks an ideal sort for the Kevin Hall & Pat Boakes Memorial Handicap.
Luca Cumani’s three-year-old, a stoutly-bred son of Montjeu, made his debut over a mile and a quarter at Salisbury in June, when a staying-on fourth.
He was, predictably, quickly shunted up in trip and it gained instant rewards with a length-and-a-half verdict over the dangerous Prescience at Lingfield last month.
* Selections -
Beverley: 2.00 Cassandane, 2.35 Dutch Heiress, 3.05 Lady Wootton, 3.35 The Wispe, 4.05 Sea Of Heaven, 4.35 Miss Inga Sock, 5.05 Outlaw Torn.
Salisbury: 2.25 Bag Of Diamonds, 2.55 Plauseabella, 3.25 Miracle Ninetynine, 3.55 Mill Springs, 4.25 KODI BEAR (NAP), 4.55 Threave, 5.25 Irish Hawke.
Fontwell: 1.45 Royal Skies, 2.15 Catcher On The Go, 2.45 Limpopo Tom, 3.15 Mawaqeet, 3.45 Knockyoursocksoff, 4.15 Kentford Heiress, 4.45 Amirr.
Ffos Las: 5.00 Gracious John, 5.30 Tell Me Another, 6.00 Black Dave, 6.30 Nosey Barker, 7.00 Saffire Song, 7.30 Jakodima, 8.00 Cotton Club.
Lingfield: 5.15 Ballylare, 5.45 Mirror City, 6.15 Wee Jean, 6.45 Ohsosecret, 7.15 Par Three, 7.45 Shifting Moon, 8.15 Fair Comment.
Double: Kodi Bear and Irish Hawke.