Buckland Beau can prosper on the turf at Great Yarmouth evening meeting
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Buckland Beau's long quest for a win on the turf can come to an end at Great Yarmouth on Thursday evening.
Charlie Fellowes' six-year-old is more established on the all-weather, a surface on which he has won four times, but all hope should not be lost ahead of the seven-furlong handicap. The gelded son of Rock Of Gibraltar was not beaten that far on his last start at this track, when Casina Di Notte forged a length and a quarter ahead.
Buckland Beau seemed to grow a little weary towards the business end of that one-mile handicap, so the decision to revert to seven furlongs looks to be a wise one.
He is rated 5lb lower on turf than on an artificial surface and it is pleasing that Stevie Donohoe, who has won three times on him in the past, is back at the helm.
Pacharana can knock off an uncompromising hat-trick on a fine day of sport at Salisbury.
Luca Cumani's four-year-old has been in inspirational form this summer and should continue her ascent in the EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap.
Cumani might well have considered stepping Pacharana into Listed class, at the very least, after she demolished a strong field at Bath in July. But Pacharana remains in handicap company and, even in spite of a wallop from the assessor, she should take all of the beating.
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This £30,000 prize is well worth winning and it is reassuring that Cumani has gone out of his way to recruit Ryan Moore.
As one might expect, the good money on offer has brought to the party a clutch of up-and-coming other fillies.
But Pacharana is going places in a hurry and is a confident shout to pick up this race before going on to bigger things.
The Group Three Sovereign Stakes looks bang up to scratch, but that does not mean it is easy to solve.
With that in mind, it could be worth throwing a cautious few bob the way of Hathal, who is a proven operator at this level and has been in grand form this summer.
He should find this a shade easier than when he finished third in both the York Stakes and the Summer Mile at Ascot.