Dunlop is on his way out to mastermind Snow Fairy’s bid for more glory in the Far East.
After winning a mindboggling sum in the QEII Commemorative Cup, connections decided to skip the Japan Cup in favour of waiting for the Hong Kong Cup with the dual Oaks winner.
So while all eyes will no doubt be on putting the final touches to her preparations, it is left to the likes of Reem Star to keep things ticking over on these shores.
After a satisfactory debut at Doncaster when eighth of 17 at 100-1, she stepped up markedly on that, as most do from the stable, when runner-up at Wolverhampton last month.
That was over seven furlongs but she steps back up to a mile for this event, and given she did all her best work in the closing stages at Dunstall Park, it looks likely to suit.
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Only three, the Hawk Wing gelding has been around the block a bit, but does have ability.
However, not surprisingly, he has picked up one or two quirks from his father.
When he puts it all together he looks pretty good, as when winning a claimer under Spencer last month and the former champ does seem to get a good tune out of him.
He was running off 95 back in April but is off as low as 75 these days.
Ian Williams’ charge finished behind John Ryan’s reopposing Final Drive last time out but that one has a 12lb penalty to contend with after three recent wins.
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On her form behind Michael Jarvis’ Forjatt in a Nottingham maiden, it was disappointing she was beaten in selling company last time out.
She sticks to that grade but should by much sharper for the run as that was her first start for nearly four months.
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A winner of nine of her 56 races, she was a great servant for Mick Quinn and Mick Channon down the years and has won twice since moving north to Fahey.
She took advantage of a much lower all-weather mark at Lingfield last time out and has only gone up 1lb for the win.
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