Fashaak is out to prove what the Butler saw was a worthwhile investment
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Fashaak looks likely to be the safest option in the feature at Great Yarmouth today, the John Cornell Memorial Handicap.
Bought for 11,000 guineas by John Butler out of the Richard Hannon yard, he nearly gave his new connections an immediate return over this course and distance last month.
His backers saw him lose out by a head to Commodity, but the Sir Michael Stoute-trained hotpot needed all of Ryan Moore's urgings in the saddle to get the job done.
While the winner is no superstar by any stretch of the imagination, he is clearly useful when in the right frame of mind and so it was a fair effort by the Butler runner in defeat. The handicapper has left him alone on a mark of 78, which is only 1lb higher than when last successful at Doncaster at this time last year.
Athollblair Boy can ensure a good day for Nigel Tinkler on the long journey from his North Yorkshire base as he is far from out of it in the Grosvenor Casino Of Great Yarmouth Handicap.
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The four-year-old has not managed to get his head in front for a while now, but continues to come down the weights as a result and he ran much better than his placing suggests at Doncaster last month.
This extra furlong will suit and the booking of former champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa is hardly a negative.
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Yarmouth selections (PA): 1.40 Farook, 2.10 Silca Star, 2.45 Poppy Time, 3.20 Fashaak, 3.50 Ross Raith Rover, 4.25 Magic Moments, 4.55 Pitch High, 5.25 Everkyllachy.
At York, Tasleet can make a seamless transition to the role of leading sprinter by winning the Group Two Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York.
The four-year-old might not be the most obvious candidate in an event packed with proven speedsters, but now he is through that different Classic season, Tasleet may be ready to shine.
As a juvenile he looked a likely sprinting type, winning the Rose Bowl as Newbury and a big six-furlong sales event at York as well as being beaten under three lengths by two-year-old sensation Shalaa, an excellent effort.
Shutter Speed is unlikely to be much of a price for the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes but it is hard to look past her in what seems a bit of a disappointing field for this prestigious prize.