Light to storm Castle
Freedom's Light is backed to win at Pontefract on Sunday by our Anita Chambers, who has a tip for every race taking place in the UK and Ireland.
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HEXHAM: 2.30 Alderbrook Lad, 3.00 Lyric Street, 3.30 Baccalaureate, 4.00 Imjoeking, 4.30 George Fernbeck, 5.00 Midnight Diamond, 5.30 Everylasting, 6.00 So Bazaar
PONTEFRACT: 2.10 Lady Moscou, 2.40 Smiling Stranger, 3.10 Comedy King, 3.40 FREEDOM'S LIGHT (NAP), 4.10 Rosairlie, 4.40 Likelihood, 5.10 Foxy Clarets.
WORCESTER: 2.20 Kyles Faith, 2.50 Dreamsoftheatre, 3.20 Forever My Friend, 3.50 Rockmount River, 4.20 Diamond Gesture, 4.50 Barizan, 5.20 Gud Day.
DOUBLE: Freedom's Light and Comedy King.
Freedom's Light can take full advantage of the slight drop back to Listed level in the totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes at the Yorkshire venue on Sunday.
The Galileo filly hails from the John Gosden yard and the team could not be in better form after a week that saw both Kingman and The Fugue triumph at Group One level at Royal Ascot.
While Freedom's Light is not quite up to that sort of class, she has looked pretty smart in her six outings to date, winning one of three starts last year and placing on each of her three runs so far this term.
She stepped right up on her initial handicap outing to run well in Listed company at Goodwood last month, finishing third and beaten only a length over a mile and a half.
Gosden felt his charge then deserved a crack at Group Three company at Haydock but stablemate Sultanina just about had her measure, with Freedom's Light having to settle for second, beaten a short head.
She was only caught in the shadow of the post from the apparently well-regarded winner, jumping up to a rating of 100, although she looks well capable of surpassing that mark with victory at Pontefract.
Comedy King is bred to be a champion, as a half-brother to former Hong Kong star Viva Pataca and a full sibling to Grade One winner Laughing, but he has yet to live up to his illustrious pedigree.
Luca Cumani was surely delighted to see him get off the mark in a Newcastle maiden at the second time of asking last month, although the form is nothing to write home about with only one winner emerging so far from the also-rans.
Comedy King was made to work hard but he kept going under pressure and perhaps was just still a touch inexperienced as that was only his second run of his career.
An initial mark of 84 does not look too harsh ahead of the totequadpot Four Places In Four Races Handicap.
Forever My Friend had been plying his trade in point-to-point company before making a glorious return to racing under Rules when winning at Worcester earlier this month.
He returns to that venue for the World Cup Bet In Play At totepool.com Handicap Chase and his confidence should be riding high now.
George Fernbeck should also go close in the Bet toteexacta Handicap Hurdle at Hexham.
Brian Ellison's charge has been in good nick of late and was hardly disgraced when a solid second in a decent handicap hurdle at Huntingdon over three and a quarter miles.
That George Fernbeck takes a considerable drop in distance is unlikely to knock him too much off his stride, while the prospect of better ground should further enhance his claims.