We look to get off to a flying start to August

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August 1

We might not have managed a winner in the last fortnight, but the horses continue to perform well as was ably demonstrated by the superb run from Beringer in the opener to Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday.

Twice in the last 300 yards Beringer found his path blocked, and, while he might not have won, the interference cost him a place in this valuable handicap. He would have certainly finished closer than fifth.

Like Beringer, Junderstand, who is our only runner on Thursday, has been a model of consistency, the filly having been placed in five of her seven races.

Junderstand was beaten only half a length when a 22-1 chance at Leicester last time, so, though the Nottingham handicap looks competitive, she is in with a shout, and victory would be the perfect way to kick-start the month of August.

We have three runners on Friday, with The Blues Master, who was also narrowly beaten at Newcastle last time on his first outing since being runner-up over hurdles at Huntingdon in January, also in with a chance on the same tapeta surface at Wolverhampton.

Trueshan is our other Dunstall Park runner, but he will probably need his comeback run in the novice as it will be his first run since he showed promise after a slow start on his debut last October.

Finally, Chicago Doll runs at Newmarket on Friday evening. She was placed twice on the all-weather but got off the mark on the turf when winning at Leicester last month and, though now 4lb higher, she seems to be improving, having won with her ears pricked.