Lights set to play star­ring role in sprint

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

LIGHTSCAMERACTION has enough ta­lent to take high rank in the SIS Au­tumn Sprint Hand­i­cap at Le­ices­ter.

The four-year-old chest­nut is per­haps bet­ter known for his all-weather ex­ploits as he claimed the con­sid­er­able scalp of Take Cover at Ling­field in Fe­bru­ary.

But he is cer­tainly no slouch on the turf, ei­ther, and de­serves close in­spec­tion ahead of this pretty valu­able five-fur­long dash.

Lightscameraction cru­cially needs fast ground to be at his best, which he should get if the fore­cast for the Le­ices­ter­shire re­gion is any­thing to go by.

He also must step up on his form at Hay­dock last month - but, pos­si­bly, not by a great deal.

The gelded son of Pas­toral Pur­suits fin­ished fifth in a tight sprint hand­i­cap on Mersey­side, but he was only beaten a length and a quar­ter by Harry Hur­ri­cane.

That was a good ef­fort as he was too keen for a long way, while it was a touch dispir­it­ing to see him hang to his right close home.

It is, then, not a great sur­prise to see trainer Gay Kelle­way reach for the cheek­pieces, which served him so well on the all-weather dur­ing the win­ter.

Jamie Spencer’s ap­point­ment is also an eye­catch­ing book­ing in a race in which he gets a heck of a lot of weight from the likes of Boom The Groom and Mirza.

In­tran­si­gent re­turned to some­where near his best at Ch­ester last time and can be sup­ported with a touch of op­ti­mism in the Wreake Hand­i­cap.

An­drew Bald­ing’s seven-year-old has had a year to for­get, but he is hand­i­capped ac­cord­ingly and cer­tainly put his best foot for­ward in a seven-fur­long hand­i­cap on the Roodee in Septem­ber.

The gelded son of Trans Is­land was no match for im­pres­sive win­ner Above The Rest, but he had the rest of the field well cooked and re­ally ought to go well off a mark of 94.

Look out for Med­dle­some in the east­loth­ Hand­i­cap at Mus­sel­burgh.

The three-year-old has a lot of en­tries this week, so it is in­ter­est­ing to see Sir Mark Prescott elect to come north of the bor­der.

Med­dle­some did next to noth­ing in three maid­ens last sea­son, but his come­back third at Brighton over a longer trip was a lit­tle more like it.

Prescott now gives his in­mate the chance to im­press over a mile and a half, which should suit him nicely.

First-time cheek­pieces should also help to keep him on the straight and nar­row.

Misu Pete did not look en­tirely happy with life at Kemp­ton last month, but he should show his true colours back at Wolver­hamp­ton.

The two-times course-and-dis­tance scorer is 1lb lower in the weights than when he last hit the mark and can be backed to win di­vi­sion one of the NTM Europe Hand­i­cap.

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