Lights to take cen­tre stage

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UP IN LIGHTS can pro­vide James Fan­shawe with fur­ther au­tum­nal cheer by win­ning the Home Of Rac­ing Fil­lies’ Hand­i­cap at New­mar­ket.

The mas­ter of Pe­ga­sus Sta­bles has had a grand few weeks, hav­ing scooped Group One glory with both Speedy Board­ing and The Tin Man.

Fan­shawe can now carry on the good work, al­beit at a much lower level, in the fi­nal race on the New­mar­ket card.

Things did not go Up In Lights’ way in a one-mile hand­i­cap at Doncaster last time, but there was suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to ar­gue that she had pitched up on the wrong side of town.

After all, those on the outer side of the track hardly ripped up too many gi­ant oaks as the ac­tion un­folded down the mid­dle of the course.

With that very much in mind, it might be best to for­get that run and in­stead choose to fo­cus upon the pos­i­tives from what was a re­ally strik­ing vic­tory on New­mar­ket’s July Course in Au­gust.

Sent off a 5-1 chance in com­pet­i­tive fil­lies’ hand­i­cap over a mile, the fouryear-old daugh­ter of Makfi coolly over­came no shortage of scrim­mag­ing to emerge vic­to­ri­ous by a length.

With run­ner-up Yeah Baby Yeah and the third horse home, In­ver­mere, hav­ing since won races, the form looks quite strong.

This hardly ap­pears an epic en­counter for the prize-money on of­fer, and Up In Lights is not weighted to the hilt as she runs off just a 3lb higher mark than when she last vis­ited New­mar­ket.

Sin­cil Bank re­ally ought to go close in the AR Le­gal Houghton Con­di­tions Stakes.

David Sim­cock’s young­ster was first past the post on his Newcastle de­but on Au­gust 29, but he was very green that day and the stew­ards were forced to de­mote him into sec­ond place after he badly in­ter­fered with Mushaireb.

Sin­cil Bank was well backed on his first start, but those losses were swiftly re­couped as he ab­so­lutely dot­ted up a month later over the same course and dis­tance.

A scopey sort with lots of room for progress, this two-year-old son of Hat Trick faces some very in­ter­est­ing ri­vals at Head­quar­ters, not least the John Gos­den-trained Dream­field.

But Sin­cil Bank, it must be re­mem­bered, has not re­ally done a lot wrong on a race­course and might, at this stage of their ca­reers, be slightly sharper than that once-raced ju­ve­nile.

Top Score will also have his fans, but he has had a lot of chances since claim­ing the scalp of Mon­tataire at Ripon in May.

Ale­jan­dro can fi­nally bring to an end a mad­den­ing se­quence of re­sults by claim­ing suc­cess on the all-weather at Kemp­ton.

David O’Meara’s seven-year-old has not won since July 2014, but he has of­ten shown up well enough dur­ing the bar­ren spell.

That was nicely ev­i­denced at Chelms­ford last week, when he raced with hon­our in a seven-fur­long hand­i­cap but an­noy­ingly got mugged on the line by Fir­mde­ci­sions.

Ale­jan­dro must shoul­der top weight in the sec­ond di­vi­sion of the Hand­i­cap, but that is some­what mis­lead­ing as he has plum­meted down the rat­ings to what is surely a winnable mark.

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