Gin in the Inn has stepped up his form a notch this year, proving himself to be a useful handicapper with early season victories at Redcar and Pontefract, and backing those performances up in defeat since. He may not have been at his best in Ireland on Sunday, but he shaped much better than the bare result, having a hopeless task from his position in a competitive six-furlong handicap. He travelled strongly in rear, making headway soon after two out, before making no further impression late on. He remains one to be interested in still, very capable of winning a race like this over the coming months, perhaps one of the consolation races for the Ayr Gold Cup.
Though he is yet to win in nine starts (three for Gary Moore before joining his current yard), Rapid Ranger looks a horse to keep on the right side of after a back-to-form second at Catterick earlier this week. He turned in his best effort of the season and very much caught the eye, not asked for his effort until late with his rider apparently struggling with a slipped saddle, in the end being the only one to get involved from off the pace. This performance wasn’t too far off the pick of his maiden efforts for Moore and, despite racing at a lowly level, Rapid Ranger is one to keep an eye on next time.
Court of Justice, whose sales price rose to €70,000 at the breeze-up sales, is a half-brother to several winners, including the useful two-year-old 1m winner Galveston, and it looked as if he was on the way to emulating his sibling when sweeping to the front a furlong out in a seven furlong minor event at Ascot on Saturday. He was eventually caught by Fajjaj after tiring in the final 50 yards, but, having been noticeably strong in the betting, he went like the best horse at the weights. Court of Justice looks a banker for a similar race with improvement assured and he looks another promising sort for the first-season stallion Dabirsim, the sire of the Albany Stakes winner Different League.