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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014 in Sport
Sequined can ensure Charlie Appleby gets his season off to a great start with victory in the 32Red.com Fillies’ Handicap at Lingfield.
The daughter of Street Cry looked a progressive type after winning one of her two starts at the backend of last season.
Her initial four-length third behind the more-experienced Psychometry was a fair starting point and she stepped right up on that to win at Kempton last October.
It is hard to know quite what she beat as so few of her rivals have run since, but her length-and-a-quarter defeat of 280,000 guineas purchase Swan Lakes certainly offers some merit to the form.
Sequined demonstrated a nice attitude that day and appealed as one with plenty more to come, so a mark of 78 looks perfectly workable at this stage.
Pearl Princess can make it third-time lucky in the Ladbrokes Mobile Median Auction Maiden Stakes after coming up against some potentially decent types on her first couple of runs.
She lost out to more experienced rivals on her debut at Southwell before proving not quite up to the challenge against Passing By at Lingfield last week.
Olly Stevens’ runner clearly has some ability and this event appears to be within her compass.
Johnny Splash very rarely fails to give his best and the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap looks just the type of race in which he can excel.
High Time Too ended a lengthy barren spell at Kempton and can follow up in the BetBright Moneyback Offers Handicap back at the Sunbury venue.
Hugo Palmer’s charge struck gold at Wolverhampton in August but then appeared to struggle a little following a hike up the weights, running well enough without actually getting her head in front.
Those fair performances ensured the handicapper did not drop her too far and off a mark of 74, High Time Too came good again when seeing off Mr Red Clubs by half a length over a mile.
She found plenty for pressure at the finish and while a 3lb rise takes her back up to near her career-best, High Time Too looks more than capable of dealing with the extra burden now she has got her head back in front.
Scarborough seems to enjoy Fibresand and can strike gold for the third time at Southwell in the 32Red Thunderstruck II Slot Handicap.
The three-year-old is clearly no world beater but she built on her victory in a seller last August when returning from a six-month break to win at the track last week.
She was six lengths clear on that occasion and will surely go up more than the 6lb penalty she must shoulder here when the handicapper has chance to reassess.
The Royal Artillery Gold Cup is a noteworthy addition to Wincanton’s card following the abandonment of its intended running at Sandown, and Buck’s Bond can take full advantage.
Trainer Paul Nicholls and rider Jody Sole teamed up to claim the Sandown race with Gwanako last year and they have a prime candidate in Buck’s Bond.
The eight-year-old was a wide-margin winner at this track in early December when he excelled on the good ground, but he could not follow up in desperate conditions back in the West Country on Boxing Day.
Pulled up some way from home that day, the suspicion is that the ground rather than a 5lb rise derailed his run and he is worth another chance.
KEMPTON: 5.55 Happydoingnothing, 6.25 Princess Spirit, 6.55 Highfields Dancer, 7.25 Cataria Girl, 7.55 Sparkling Ice, 8.25 High Time Too, 8.55 Sandy Cove.
LEOPARDSTOWN: 3.40 Sherama, 4.10 Table Rock, 4.40 Kingsbarns, 5.10 Indy Gal, 5.40 Zeftan, 6.10 Lone Star, 6.40 Hurricane Sky.
LINGFIELD: 2.25 Gaelic Silver, 2.55 Pearl Princess, 3.25 Johnny Splash, 3.55 Duly Acclaimed, 4.25 SEQUINED (NAP), 4.55 Appease, 5.25 Dr Finley.
SOUTHWELL: 2.35 Steele Ranger, 3.05 Keep It Dark, 3.35 Tight Knit, 4.05 Scarborough, 4.35 Hannahs Turn. 5.05 Adili, 5.35 Goldmadchen.
WINCANTON: 2.15 Spirit Oscar, 2.45 Seven Summits, 3.15 Vif Argent, 3.45 Buck’s Bond, 4.15 Carlton Jack, 4.45 West Cork Flash, 5.15 Jollyallan, 5.45 Coombe Hill.
DOUBLE: Sequined and High Time Too.
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