Improving Lady makes great appeal
Chris Wilson expects Explosive Lady to make a big impression on the track when she lines up at Newbury on Friday.
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CATTERICK: 5.40 Unex Michelangelo, 6.10 Frosty Times, 6.40 Kayo Koko, 7.10 Magic Music Man, 7.45 Perfect Words, 8.15 Benidorm.
NEWBURY: 2.20 Elm Park, 2.50 Langavat, 3.20 Mister Fizz, 3.55 EXPLOSIVE LADY (NAP), 4.30 Shingle, 5.00 Blue Waltz, 5.30 Gracious George.
NEWCASTLE: 2.00 Midnight Destiny, 2.30 Mr McLaren, 3.00 Summer Times, 3.35 Trinity Star, 4.10 Medicine Hat, 4.40 Shades Of Silk, 5.10 Red Shadow.
NEWMARKET: 5.25 Fieldsman, 6.00 Regal Parade, 6.30 Manshaa, 7.00 Sonnetation, 7.35 Robin Hood, 8.05 Tight Fit.
NOTTINGHAM: 2.10 Flash Fire, 2.40 Ligeia, 3.10 College Doll, 3.45 Above The Rest, 4.20 Scallop, 4.50 Modify, 5.20 Frosty Berry.
TRAMORE: 5.15 Collen Beag, 5.50 War Of The Pennys, 6.20 Line View, 6.50 Razia, 7.20 The Cub, 7.50 Monty Blue, 8.20 Xpectations.
DOUBLE: Explosive Lady and Regal Parade.
Explosive Lady can live up to her name by surging to victory in the feature event at Newbury.
Trained in Middleham by the eminently capable Karl Burke, this well-built filly made quite a splash at Ascot last month, when third in the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes.
That run confirmed her undiluted promise, and she could feasibly find the Listed Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Stakes a natural stepping stone towards bigger targets.
Explosive Lady was earmarked as a horse to follow at Nottingham in July, when she trounced a good-looking field by upwards of eight lengths on her debut over five five furlongs.
Better was to come later that month on the King George card at Ascot.
The daughter of freshman sire Alfred Nobel was held up by Martin Harley before trouble ensued two furlongs out, at which stage her jockey had to shuffle into the clear for a run.
Despite hanging to her right late on - a trait connections insist was naivety, rather than anything untoward - she responded really purposefully to get to within three and a half lengths of Osaila.
With the winner having already been earmarked as Guineas horse and runner-up Pastoral Girl due to run in the Lowther next week, the form should continue to be handsomely advertised throughout the rest of the season.
Moreover, the ground at Ascot was not too fast that afternoon, so even if there is further rain in Berkshire that should not knock her too severely off her stride.
In light of her Nottingham cakewalk, the decision to revert to five furlongs should not be an issue, either.
Explosive Lady has already been mentioned as a possible Cheveley Park horse in the autumn, so she really needs to be troubling the judge at Newbury to stand any chance of featuring at that grade.
There are just reasons, other than a sense of nostalgic loyalty, to support Regal Parade in the Anglian Home Improvements Handicap at Newmarket.
The Group One-winning 10-year-old is obviously not as sharp as he once was, but he should always be perceived as a threat when conditions are on the easier side of good.
Milton Bradley's old-timer has not been beaten that far at Epsom and at York this season, so the fires are still burning brightly.
And while he must shoulder top weight for this encounter, the chestnut son of Pivotal faces, at least on paper, his easiest challenge for many years.
That he is now 18lb lower in the handicap than when he last won a race - at Haydock in May 2013 - adds further lustre to his claims.
Trinity Star was unlucky at Beverley last month and would be a deserving winner of the bet365.com Handicap at Newcastle.
Michael Dods' inmate was pinched for room at a crucial stage in a 10-furlong handicap on the Westwood before he flew home to take second spot.
The form from that race may not account to a great deal, but Trinity Star has been in generally fine fettle all season and should not be unduly ruffled by a 2lb rise for that three-and-a-quarter-length reverse.
On-song sprinter Perfect Words must be followed in the yorkshire-outdoors.co.uk Handicap back at Catterick, with Above The Rest, a slightly unfortunate third at Kempton, nicely poised for victory in the Watch Racing UK Anywhere Maiden Stakes at Nottingham.