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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
7:00am Friday 28th February 2014 in Sport
Bay Knight can show the old fires still flicker with intent by winning the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap at Lingfield.
The eight-year-old has had a rather nomadic existence, but he is certainly not without ability and was once rated 108 when trained in Ireland.
Those days are now behind him, of course, but a switch of stables to Ann Stokell appears to have helped him rekindle his appetite for racing.
The gelded son of Johannesburg turned in a fair display on his debut for the Nottinghamshire handler, when fourth in a better race than this over seven furlongs.
That should have brought him on a great deal ahead of this next outing, which is over two furlongs shorter in distance.
Bay Knight has won before over the minimum trip and is rated 7lb lower on the all-weather than on the turf - despite having struck twice on an artificial surface.
Captain Secret left a lasting impression at Southwell in January and can bring up the hat-trick in the 32Red Free £10 Bonus Conditions Stakes.
The three-year-old daughter of Captain Rio dotted up in a decent six-furlong handicap, for which she has been suitably punished, but is still in receipt of a good chunk of weight from many of her rivals.
This is tougher, but Captain Secret is seemingly going places in a hurry.
Star Request should go well in the coral.co.uk Best Odds Guaranteed On Racing Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Trainer Ollie Pears will have been well satisfied by the four-year-old filly over this course and distance in February when she finished strongly for fourth spot.
That was especially meritorious as it was not only her first start since last August, but also her debut for the North Yorkshire handler.
Star Request is still winless, but she might not get a better chance off a lowly mark of 49.
King Of The Wolds should be given another chance in the Betdaq Value You Can Bet On Handicap Chase at Doncaster.
Malcolm Jefferson’s seven-year-old was almost certainly off the boil at this track in January, when well beaten by Simply Ned and a few others.
Before that, though, his victories at Fakenham and Sedgefield served notice of his worth as a chaser.
With the handicapper having slightly revised his thoughts about King Of The Wolds, this powerfully-made thoroughbred has a good chance of rediscovering his touch on Town Moor.
Bull And Bush must also go close in the Betdaq No Premium Charge EBF Stallions Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle.
Alan King’s mare made a promising start to life over jumps at Fontwell in December, when she chased home My Miss Lucy in a two-and-a-half-mile novices’ hurdle.
That was no mean effort, as the third-placed horse, Lily Waugh, is rated highly after having finished second in a Cheltenham Listed bumper.
Bull And Bush stayed the trip very well that day, despite coming off the bridle early on, and should be raring to go after a lengthy break when her trainer’s string was off colour.
Free Thinking looks an obvious danger, but King’s five-year-old is in receipt of lots of weight from that one and will appreciate the drying conditions.
Pistol is taken to finally fire over fences in the Agetur UK Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at Newbury.
Philip Hobbs’ five-year-old was considered good enough to run over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival last season, but he has yet to impress everyone over fences.
The main gripe has been his jumping, which cost him a bigger share of the prize-money at Wetherby and at Exeter.
It was a similar story on heavy ground at Sandown at the beginning of the month when he was well beaten by Saroque.
That said, Pistol showed a little bit of promise once the cause was lost and has now fallen sufficiently in the weights to give him every chance here over this longer trip.
DONCASTER: 2.10 Biggar, 2.40 Bull And Bush, 3.10 Sign Of A Victory, 3.45 Oscatara, 4.20 Pass The Time, 4.55 King Of The Wolds, 5.25 Northern Oscar.
DUNDALK: 6.15 Sylvan Mist, 6.45 The Big Cat, 7.15 Ocean Legend, 7.45 Akasaka, 8.15 Shabra Charity, 8.45 Alvar, 9.15 Waving.
LINGFIELD: 1.30 Windlass, 2.00 Officer In Command, 2.30 Midnight Chorister, 3.00 BAY KNIGHT (NAP), 3.35 Captain Secret, 4.10 Welsh Sunrise, 4.45 Midnight Feast.
NEWBURY: 1.45 Stiff Upper Lip, 2.20 Abbey Court, 2.50 Sir Valentino, 3.25 Pistol, 4.00 Hawaii Five Nil, 4.35 Bincombe, 5.10 Etheridge Annie.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.35 Huzzah, 6.05 Havelovewilltravel, 6.35 Star Request, 7.05 Kashmir Peak, 7.35 Chinotto, 8.05 Emerald Breeze, 8.35 Acting Talent.
DOUBLE: Bay Knight and King Of The Wolds.
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