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July 22

Isolate made hot-favourite Courtland work hard for victory at Market Rasen on Sunday, but our focus is back on the Flat for the rest of this week, with Alan hoping that Painless Potter, one of his Racing League entrants, will improve for a step up in trip at Sandown this evening.

We are also back on the Esher slopes tomorrow afternoon, with the beautifully-named Victory (by Churchill) heading for the maiden and Who Cares Wins the fillies handicap.

Victory made his debut in a maiden here last month, one that proved pretty hot as it was won by Godolphin’s Native Trail, who subsequently captured the G2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket’s July meeting.

That experience won’t be lost on Victory, but it looks another hot maiden with the boys in blue again represented, this time by the promising King’s Guard.

John Gosden saddles The Queen’s Dukedom, who was runner-up in a similar race here three weeks ago, while there are also a couple of well-bred newcomers in Majalh and Thesis, the latter being a half-brother to G1 Fillies Mile heroine Quadrilateral.

Who Cares Wins, for whom Alan has booked William Buick in the Sandown finale, has twice finished out of the money at Nottingham this season, but, having been dropped a few pounds by the handicapper, we are hoping for better here.

We also have two runners at Newbury in the evening. Dromquinna was not suited by the slow-run race at Chester last time and will also hopefully fare better in this lesser grade race, while Thanielle has her first run since undergoing wind surgery when trying to put her disappointing Sandown run in May behind her in the fillies handicap.

Finally, Midnights Legacy, put up 8lb for his easy Epsom win, ran creditable off his revised mark at Haydock. but maybe could do with those forecast thunderstorms arriving in time for his engagement at Ascot on Friday afternoon.