Lights to take centre stage
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 32Red.com Handicap, but that is somewhat misleading as he has plummeted down the ratings to what is surely a winnable mark.