Lantern to light up Newmarket
Man On The Spot previews Friday's card at Newmarket and fancies Sky Lantern to land the feature race for Richard Hannon.
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Aertex failed to cope with a rise in class at Sandown last time and this is tougher while Little Shambles steps up a couple of grades after scoring at Catterick. Gown looks capable of scoring off her current mark judged on her comeback second at Newbury but it's the less exposed types that make most appeal. They include Rekdhat and Newcastle winner Free Rein while both Provenance and Bragging were placed on their handicap debuts and are worthy of consideration. But ETAAB is another with plenty of scope and the hat-trick beckons for Willie Haggas' filly after beating a subsequent winner at Yarmouth last time.
I Am Beautiful picked up a Group 3 contest at the Curragh recently and a winner has already come out of the race. The Ballydoye filly has leading claims but ARABIAN QUEEN is just preferred. She caught the eye making up ground in the latter stages of the Queen Mary over 5f at Ascot and Ryan Moore takes over the reins for this longer trip. Parsley went close in a Listed event over track and trip last time and makes more appeal than both Diamond Creek and Tongue Twista but Chantilly winner High Celebrity is one to keep an eye on representing Andre Fabre.
Rizeena has leading claims flush with success after landing the Coronation Stakes at Ascot. She beat Kiyoshi easily enough and should be bang there at the finish with Olivier Peslier taking over from Ryan Moore. The latter stays loyal to Duke Of Cambridge winner Integral, who should also go close having beaten third-placed Purr Along, Certify, Peace Burg and SKY LANTERN at Ascot. The Hannon filly failed to produce her trademark turn of foot on her reappearance but much better is expected today and she's taken to add to her tally of four Group 1 victories by landing this.
See The Sun had looked in the handicapper's grip before popping-up at 20/1 at York last month. She beat a handful of these in the process including Gamesome, the disappointing Supplicant and Kickboxer. The latter finished third at York and has since beaten No Leaf Clover at Ripon and had earlier got the better of GOLDEN STEPS. But Marco Botti's charge re-opposes on better terms today and gets the vote having subsequently won at Doncaster. Richard Hughes renews his partnership with the progressive High On Life despite the presence of the Richard Hannon-trained course and distance winner Remember while Royal Seal and Almargo are 7f winners with enough speed to figure dropping back in trip.
Rather than guess at the ability of the newcomers, it could pay to stick with LEXINGTON TIMES. He made a promising start when runner-up over track and trip and makes more appeal than Grigolo, who ran poorly stepped up to today's distance at Newbury last time. Best Of Times and Latharnach may prove best of the four runners representing Godolphin while Paul Hanagan rides Basateen for the Hannon yard rather than Snoano. The latter's stablemate Bollihope is another to consider while jockey bookings suggest Prince Gagarin, a half-brother to six winners, is preferred to stable companion Fieldsman.
OBSIDIAN finished ahead of a subsequent winner when runner-up at Sandown last month and may be the answer to this. He's preferred to stablemate and newcomer Sona. Ryan Moore picks up a ride for Godolphin on Windsor third Razor Wind while Astronereus went close at Goodwood on his latest start and makes more appeal than stable companion Fighting Back. Ghany is a sister to a Group winner in Italy and the 575,000gns purchase Royal Battalion is another to note for the future.
Recent winners Billingsgate and Johnno are raised in class off higher marks today while Potentate and Maverick Wave make their handicap debuts. The latter is also having his first start of the year along with Zeshov. Showpiece is more exposed but wasn't beaten far over 7f here last time and Apostle is dropping down a grade. GLORIOUS EMPIRE also returns to more suitable company having found life tough in the Jersey Stakes at Ascot. Ed Walker's charge gets the vote to return to winning ways stepping up to a mile for the first time.