Racing: Ertijaal returns to familiar trip

Ertijaal with Paul Hanagan aboard.
Ertijaal with Paul Hanagan aboard.
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Ertijaal can justify the decision to revert sprint distances by showing his class in the MBNA Queensferry Stakes at Chester tomorrow.

Trained by the in-form William Haggas, the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt took his chance in the 2000 Guineas after winning two races over seven furlongs at Lingfield in the spring.

After failing to stay the mile in such elevated company, he returned to action only last month in the Bunbury Cup back at the shorter trip and ran well for a long way in first-time blinkers to finish fifth behind Heaven’s Guest in the hot all-aged handicap.

Ertijaal showed plenty of zip that day and comes back to six furlongs, a trip he won over as a two-year-old and was a close second to Toormore on his racecourse debut.

Ticks The Boxes does just that as he seeks to continue the good run of his trainer Clive Cox with his two-year-old in the MBNA/EBF Stallions Stakes. The son of Fast Company had shaped with promise on his debut when fourth at Windsor and stepped up on that to score on his return to the Berkshire venue four weeks ago. He is obviously taking on more experienced, and probably stiffer, opposition now but is certainly going the right way.

Dr Red Eye can register his third course success in the MBNA Mile Handicap.

Scott Dixon’s charge had possibly been a shade disappointing in a few of his races since his last win on the Roodee in May 2013, but he took full advantage of his decreasing mark to score at Epsom last month.

Trainer, David Simcock.

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