Ellison seeks Seamour success

Views from connections ahead of the Jockey Club Rose Bowl at Newmarket on Thursday.

Seamour: Going for the Rose Bowl

Brian Ellison is hoping Seamour can land a deserved first success in 2016 when the luckless stayer lines-up for the Jockey Club Rose Bowl at Newmarket on Thursday.

The consistent five-year-old has endured a frustrating and agonising campaign, notably being touched off close home by Antiquarium in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle in June.

Then after two decent efforts at York in the John Smith's Silver Cup and the Betfred Ebor, Seamour was again collared in the dying strides by Wall Of Fire in the Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap at Doncaster two weeks ago.

With few opportunities remaining this term, Ellison has decided to give Seamour a crack at this Listed contest over two miles, formerly known as the Fenwolf Stakes.

"He seems well. There's not a lot left for him. Basically he's only got one or two runs left," said the North Yorkshire handler.

"It's a race that looked worth going for."

Fun Mac enjoyed his first success for 16 months when beating four rivals at Salisbury earlier this month.

His trainer Hughie Morrison will now see if the five-year-old can build on that turn of fortune.

"We tried to find a race to give him a bit of a confidence booster and it worked out well," said the East Ilsley handler.

"If it doesn't work out here, he can always go for the Cesarewitch."

Ed Walker is trying to make up for lost time with Justice Belle, who only returned to action following an injury three weeks ago after being sidelined for 10 months.

"She missed a lot of time this year. She had an injury in the spring," the Newmarket trainer told At The Races.

"She ran great in the Old Borough Cup (at Haydock). She was held up right up at the back on very soft ground in what was her first run for a long time and she was one of the few to come from all the way off the pace. She ran a great race and finished fifth.

"I think she's come on for that and if she stays the two miles, which I think she will, we are very much hoping she can pick up some valuable black type.

"She's a Montjeu filly with a decent pedigree so we are hunting for some black type."

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