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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
8:20am Friday 25th October 2013 in Sport
Kyllachy Rise has shown a liking for cut in the ground before so the rain-softened surface at Doncaster for the Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager Handicap should hold no fears.
The three-year-old has seen plenty of action this term and has been highly tried, not least when finishing last in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in the spring for the late Sir Henry Cecil.
Switched to Richard Hannon before York in May, he was pitched into the ultra-competitive Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot but finished well down the field after fading late on.
Champion trainer-elect Hannon then dropped him back in trip again to seven furlongs, a distance he had won at earlier in the year, and that proved a wise move as he finally got on the scoresheet again at Chepstow last month.
That came on heavy ground and while desperate conditions are not essential, he clearly prefers some give.
Kyllachy Rise tries six furlongs for only the second time in his 11-race career and is worth a chance from near the foot of the weights.
Groundbreaking is the choice in the Artsign Handicap despite disappointing as favourite on his first attempt in this sphere.
The New Approach colt was a maiden winner on Town Moor in August but was thoroughly unsuited by the way the race unfolded on his first handicap outing.
After failing to find early cover, he was dropped out and had far too much to do to take a hand in the finish.
He stayed on well enough to suggest there is something to come and this is a good opportunity.
Zilber is an eyecatching newcomer for Ed Dunlop in the Initiatec CCTV EBF Maiden Stakes.
Fragonard looks the pick of the Newbury card as she lines up in the Smith & Williamson Fillies’ Handicap.
This daughter of Teofilo is related to a French Derby winner among others but has clearly had her problems as she will be having just her fifth career start.
Not beaten far on her only juvenile start, Fragonard was then off the track for nearly two years before reappearing with a fair fifth at Kempton in June.
Judged on that performance, it should only be a matter of time before Fragonard breaks her duck for the Lady Cecil team.
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