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Gallops Report
Lambourn, March 26
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BALTIC KNIGHT sprightly in his midweek spin ahead of the Doncaster Mile on Saturday.

Richard Hannon looks to have his charge cherry-ripe for the task in hand following a pleasing warm-up when second in a class two at Kempton.

Baltic Knight, who has maintained a rich level of form, galloped out strongly in his spin up the main all-weather strip.

CHEVALLIER soon be pointed towards an all-weather maiden after falling short on several occasions last year.

The Invincible Spirit gelding placed in five of his seven starts in 2014 but looks to have done well physically.

NINJAGO various weekend engagements but will go for gold in a conditions stakes at Kempton.

He has been working nicely since returning home from a fruitless trip to the Dubai Carnival.

THAHAB the wherewithal to gain a first career triumph after winning his latest gallop, while LORD OFTHE SHADOWS vastly experienced runs at Chelmsford on Saturday.

ANWAR a Dark Angel filly that has shown promise and runs at Kempton on Saturday.

The Aqlaam filly CIARA'S BEAUTY also moved encouragingly and should debut soon.

Meydan, March 25

SOLE POWER amongst the horses that took to the turf track at Meydan this morning, limbering-up for a shot at the Al Quoz Sprint.

The Edward Lynam-trained powerhouse looks to have done well since his prep race here in which he appeared to finish full of running.

While Richard Hughes' mount hasn't always cut the mustard on his forays overseas, he looks better than ever ahead of this latest quest for glory.

Japanese horses were again in plentiful supply for work watchers on a bright, warm morning.

HARP STAR ONE AND ONLY out strongly to advertise their claims in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

One And Only is a particularly impressive individual who in current mood should not be underestimated.

EPIPHANEIA HOKKO TARUMAE strutting their stuff in eyecatching fashion as they provide Japan with a twin challenge for the Dubai World Cup.

While there were fewer American horses on the track, Bill Mott sent LEA engage in some routine work and his World Cup preparation seems to be going exactly to plan.

French presence can never be overlooked and FLINTSHIRE to have progressed physically from his 2015 debut at Chantilly which was definitely needed.

The Arc runner-up gives Andre Fabre high hopes of lifting the Sheema Classic.

Equally, the French have an enviable hand for the Dubai Turf for which the grey SOLOW with aplomb.

Freddy Head has the five-year-old on his A-game, compatriot CLADOCERA moving like a dream and has the finishing kick of a released coiled spring.

Meydan, March 24

CALIFORNIA CHROME up the desert heat as he sought the relatively cool sanctuary of a pre-dawn workout on the main track at Meydan.

The hot favourite for Saturday's Dubai World Cup looked in aggressive mode in his trip round a circuit on the new sand surface.

His US LEA also in action, the chestnut breezing happily around the track and looking just the kind of horse that trainer Bill Mott excels with.

Several good judges from the States that watched the workouts early this week believe Lea has a good chance of outpointing last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner.

There was certainly no lack of Japanese involvement during the work window, with Dubai Sheema Classic hope HARP STAR the eye in a bright yellow hood.

Considered unlucky when coming from too far back in the Arc, Harp Star has done well since arriving and looks one of the stronger chances.

World Cup contenders HOKKO TARUMAE EPIPHANEIA also in action and in relaxed mode, just walking onto the track, galloping a full circuit and jogging contentedly back to the barns.

Freddy Head arrived after what he described as a torrid flight to supervise SOLOW, runner in the Dubai Turf.

The grey improved at a rate of knots at the end of last year and looks to have very strong claims representing a man that rarely takes a runner overseas and comes back empty-handed.

Also out were fellow French hopes FLINTSHIRE worked separately), CLADOCERA

PRAYER FOR RELIEF himself in a spin under Johnny Geroudis, although Christophe Soumillon will do the steering in the Godolphin Mile.

The seven-year-old entire is being 'minded' for this one race by Mike De Kock upon the request of his American handler Dale Romans.

West Country, March 21

Philip Hobbs did not have much to shout about at Cheltenham, but a Newbury double on Friday indicates he is well worth following in the run-up to the Crabbie's Grand National meeting.

For that race he has BALTHAZAR KING up, the gelding having skipped the cross-country race last week in order to be fresh for his main assignment.

The 11-year-old impressed in his visits to separate all-weather gallops this week at his trainer's Somerset base.

Hobbs will be busy at Wincanton on Sunday, when BROTHER TEDD a deserved drop down the class ladder and looks sure to be hard to peg back in the novices' hurdle.

He was ultimately well beaten in a Listed contest last time, but the overall standard of his form makes him a stand-out proposition.

Equally, he has shown plenty of gusto in his recent work and the thinking is that he may well be more effective on the better ground that lies ahead.

SCOOP THE POT happily on the woodchip ahead of the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle.

The unexposed gelding broke his duck at Ludlow and looks fairly treated for his handicap debut.

NEVILLE the eye in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase on the same card.

He has been rested since January and that break appears to have done him the world of good.

THOMAS WILD bright and alert in his breeze up the strip and should go well in a handicap chase at Wincanton.

BIG EASY himself in the grip of the assessor when fading out of his Festival race, a remark that also applies to

However, both horses appear to have taken their exertions well, and could figure in calculations for Aintree and/or Punchestown.

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