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SHAFAFYA (trainer) SHAFAFYA should be able to get off the mark at the third attempt after luckless fourth in a Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Nottingham.
Harwoods Volante got off the mark for new connections at York little over a week ago and can follow up in the Racing UK Anywhere Available Now Handicap.
For me it was nice to get off the mark but obviously the result took away from that.
The on-loan Blackburn hitman is still searching for his first competitive goal of the campaign but McNamara is convinced he'll be fine as soon as he gets off the mark.
Amoralist should get off the mark in an ordinary event.
Now he has got off the mark, Supreme Builder could be the sort to run up a sequence.
He has failed to get off the mark in three runs over fences to date, but has reached the frame on each occasion and had the misfortune to bump into some above-average types.
Much as I respect B2B copywriter Bob Bly (I consider him a friend and colleague) he's off the mark .
I fear the founder of the Christian Deer Hunters Association argues off the mark in affirming that the Nazarene would countenance deer hunting without qualifications ("Would Jesus shoot Bambi?
On the other hand, if they have an interim checkup a few weeks after setting their goals--and then maybe even quarterly or semiannual reviews--their manager might be able to nudge them in the right direction; instead, they spent the last 11 months sliding further off the mark.