Acolyte looks heaven sent

  • By: Nick Robson
  • Last Updated: September 5 2014, 20:24 BST

Nick Robson provides a tip for every race on Friday with Acolyte the nap selection at Kempton.

Roger Charlton: Sends Acolyte to Kempton
Roger Charlton: Sends Acolyte to Kempton

CHEPSTOW: 2.10 Jen Jos Enigma, 2.40 Hot Mustard, 3.10 Inkerman, 3.45 Almax, 4.20 Gramercy, 4.55 Go Charlie, 5.25 Real Jazz.

HAYDOCK: 2.00 Two Jabs, 2.30 Mistrusting, 3.00 Kommander Kirkup, 3.35 Poyle Vinnie, 4.10 Lexington Place, 4.45 Common Touch, 5.20 Silvery Moon, 5.55 Redera.

KEMPTON: 5.50 Stormbound, 6.20 Envisioning, 6.50 London Mayor, 7.20 ACOLYTE (NAP), 7.50 Gold Waltz, 8.20 Light Fantastic, 8.50 Opera Box, 9.20 Air Squadron.

KILBEGGAN: 4.25 Hootie, 5.00 Zane Grey, 5.30 Eight Till Late, 6.00 Seefood, 6.30 Sizing Jo'Burg, 7.00 Glenstar, 7.30 Fluffball,

MUSSELBURGH: 4.30 Water Thief, 5.05 Scoreline, 5.40 Silver Duke, 6.10 Lockhart, 6.40 Little Shambles, 7.10 Titus Bolt, 7.40 Irish Girls Spirit.

NEWCASTLE: 1.50 Beach Samba, 2.20 Jan Van Hoof, 2.50 Wor Lass, 3.25 Kiss Of Spring, 4.00 Aseela, 4.35 Red Shadow, 5.10 Old Man Clegg, 5.45 Hazza The Jazza.

DOUBLE: Acolyte and Mistrusting.

Common Touch appears to have been given a chance by the handicapper to return to winning ways in the Betfred G-Casino Handicap at Haydock.

Willie Musson's six-year-old is one of many handicappers in training who has a certain level at which he is able to win and as soon as he gets above it he struggles.

That has been the case this season but Musson has also given him a couple of runs over a mile, a distance which he has never truly convinced over.

Seven furlongs on ground that is not too quick are his ideal conditions and he should get them on Merseyside.

A win last November at Kempton off 90 meant he began this season off 95, but that was his highest ever winning mark so probably represented a career-best.

The majority of his seven wins have come from ratings in the mid-high 80s and he's back down to 88 again now.

This contest is a little less competitive than those he has found himself in of late and he could surprise a few.

Another one capable of outrunning his odds could be Tim Easterby's Silvery Moon in the Betfred Bruntwood Handicap.

Not seen for over 100 days, last year's Carlisle Bell winner ran well off his current perch of 89 in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar when he was last sighted.

Before that he had run well behind Clever Cookie at York and Easterby's horses tend to hit form at this time of year.

Charlie Appleby's Mistrusting is surely a winner-in-waiting after a fine effort on her debut at Ascot.

She was second to Mick Channon's Malabar, who had previously finished fourth in the Albany at Royal Ascot and has subsequently won the Group Three Prestige Stakes without coming off the bridle.

The third and fourth from the maiden both came out and won next time and this daughter of Cherry Hinton winner Misheer could have a bright future.

Mark Johnston's Lockhart was only beaten four lengths in a red-hot handicap at York last time out and faces nothing as competitive in the St Andrews Timber And Building Supplies Handicap at Musselburgh.

Johnston had three entered for this but has decided on Lockhart, who has been very busy of late as this will be his seventh outing since his career got under way on early July.

We know by now that horses from this yard thrive on hard work and it would be no surprise to see him regain the winning thread.

Roger Charlton's Acolyte really caught the eye on his debut at Newbury behind the smart prospect Elm Park and it would be a major shock were he turned over at Kempton in the Irish EBF Maiden Stakes.

The Acclamation colt travelled beautifully through the contest before lack of a previous run told but with that under his belt he should take all the beating.

Beach Samba faces a much easier task than in the Convivial at York last time out as Ed Dunlop sends him to Newcastle for the Stonbury/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

There was enough promise on his debut to suggest he is up to winning a maiden.

Gramercy has shown signs of returning to form and can win Chepstow's Festival Racing handicap.