Racing: Friday, August 24 preview

Horse racing
Horse racing

Beardwood has a fighting chance in the TRM Invest In Calphormin Handicap at Newmarket.

A strong field has been assembled for this seven-furlong affair on the July Course, but Richard Fahey’s inmate might have a little more in hand than some of his bang-in-form rivals.

The three-year-old colt has only been to the races four times in his career, though a maiden success at Pontefract in April offered plenty of hope for the future.

Indeed, his first start in handicap company back at the West Yorkshire circuit was also particularly satisfying as he got to within two lengths of stablemate Right Touch in a 12-runner heat over six furlongs.

Beardwood was then sent to Newmarket over the same trip, but arguably blew all chance of winning by making a tardy start.

Fahey would, however, still have been satisfied with his representative as he made pleasing late headway to finish fifth behind Mubtaghaa.

With this extra furlong likely to suit, allied to a reasonably dry forecast, the son of Dutch Art can cash in under the supervision of Paul Hanagan.

Thirsk must be thrilled by the turn-out for the Theakston Lightfoot Handicap, for which Eccleston makes bags of appeal.

The four-year-old gelding, trained by David O’Meara, was well fancied for the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon and turned in a solid effort when fourth behind Don’t Touch.

That was a particularly good run as he was not drawn amidst the thick of the action, yet still got to within three lengths of the impressive winner.

A proven performer in soft ground, Eccleston has been left alone by the assessor on a mark of 91, which puts him firmly in the shake-up for a race of this nature.

* Selections:

Newmarket: 2.00 Haggle, 2.30 Pursuitofthestars, 3.05 Machine Learner, 3.40 Christchurch, 4.15 Covenant, 4.45 Free Running, 5.15 BEARDWOOD (NAP), 5.50 Regal Parade.

Thirsk: 1.50 Bond’s Tricks, 2.20 Cape Love, 2.50 Mercers Row, 3.25 Eccleston, 4.00 Shamrock Sheila, 4.35 One More Go, 5.05 Saltarello.

Ffos Las: 2.10 Originality, 2.40 Sheer Honesty, 3.15 Sun’Aq, 3.50 Sir Billy Wright, 4.25 Pull The Pin, 4.55 Sword Of The Lord, 5.30 Bleu Astral.

Goodwood: 5.00 Be Bold, 5.35 King Of Dreams, 6.05 Scarlet Dragon, 6.40 Brittleton, 7.10 Saucy Minx, 7.45 Mustaqbal.

Hamilton: 5.20 Haley Bop, 5.55 Secret City, 6.25 Rural Celebration, 7.00 Nice Thoughts, 7.30 Corton Lad, 8.05 Rock Canyon.

Newcastle: 4.40 Heroique, 5.10 Bond Bombshell, 5.45 Ski Blast, 6.15 Lothair, 6.50 The Lock Master, 7.20 Rosy Ryan, 7.55 Punk Rocker.

Double: Beardwood and Heroique.