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The Lancashire Telegraph racing column
6:30am Monday 3rd March 2014 in Sport
Dan Skelton has made a fine start to his training career and can add to his tally with Blue Heron in the #5 Free Irish Lotto Bet At totepool.com Intermediate National Hunt Flat Race at Southwell on Monday.
The six-year-old showed a good level of ability when narrowly beaten by Bobble Boru, a subsequent winner over hurdles, on his Ludlow debut, and he was deservedly sent off at odds-on at the same track in mid-December.
He duly landed the odds, making every yard of the running, and the step up to two miles should bring about further progress.
Skelton's charge is capable of defying a winner's penalty before making up into a useful novice hurdler next term.
Caroline Bailey's horses are in the form of their lives at the moment and Galway Jack can prove the point with victory in the feature totepool.com Best Odds On Irish Lotto Handicap Chase.
The nine-year-old has a tendency to produce his best form in the spring and he showed his turn was near when second to Presented at Fakenham five weeks ago after being hampered by a faller at the final fence.
Lord Navits has only three rivals as he bids to complete a hat-trick in the Best Odds Guaranteed At totepool.com Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.
David Bridgwater's in-form six-year-old has won his last two starts at Leicester and Bangor by decent margins can defy a 7lb penalty.
Cloud Creeper can end a string of three second places by going one better in the We'll Double Your Deposit At totepool Casino "National Hunt'' Novices' Hurdle.
This extended two and a half miles looks tailor made for the Philip Hobbs-trained seven-year-old to break his duck under Rules.
Callisto Light has the ability to strike gold in the Back Of The Net At BetVictor.com Handicap at Kempton.
As a half-sister to multiple Pattern-race winner Rhythm Of Light, Callisto Light is bred to be pretty smart, but just five competitive appearances in four years is evidence it has not been plain-sailing with the seven-year-old mare.
She was never sighted on her sole start for Walter Swinburn in a three-year-old maiden at Newbury, and two efforts the following year when trained by George Prodromou did not offer much hope for the future.
However, making her first start in over two years and debut for trainer Michael Squance at this track back in January, Callisto Light was the subject of a monster gamble, being backed in from double-figure odds to 7-4 favouritism, and she duly obliged.
While she was unable to follow up off a 4lb higher mark over the course and distance last month, she was went down on her sword to finish second and can get back on the winning trail in what does not look a great race.
Russian Ice has looked much more like her old self on her last two starts and is the one to be on in the Download The BetVictor App Now Handicap.
Dean Ivory's six-year-old has won four times over the course and distance, the latest of those in February of last year off a mark of 72.
The rest of 2013 was largely disappointing, but the turn of the year appears to have turned her fortunes around as she has performed much better to finish third and second in recent weeks.
She is handicapped to get back in the winner's enclosure with a rating of 69 and this race looks an excellent opportunity for her to do so.
Tizlove Regardless rates banker material at Lingfield in the concluding 32Red.com Handicap.
Mark Johnston's Tiznow colt hinted at ability as a juvenile in 2013, but appeared much improved when bolting up over a mile in handicap company here on Friday.
The step up to a mile and a quarter should not trouble him and it is no surprise to see him turned out quickly under a penalty before the handicapper gets a chance to have his say.
The presence of course winner Zamra should ensure Tizlove Regardless is a backable price and he is strongly fancied to get the job done.
KEMPTON: 2.40 CALLISTO LIGHT (NAP), 3.10 Watersmeet, 3.45 Russian Ice, 4.15 Shalambar, 4.45 Two In The Pink, 5.15 Toymaker, 5.45 Ladies Dancing.
LINGFIELD: 1.45 Super Duplex, 2.15 No Refund, 2.50 Role Reversal, 3.20 Fanoos, 3.55 Volito, 4.25 Roskilly, 4.55 Tizlove Regardless.
SOUTHWELL: 2.00 Lord Navits, 2.30 Galway Jack, 3.00 Cloud Creeper, 3.35 Hi Candy, 4.05 Kodicil, 4.35 Powertakeoff, 5.05 Blue Heron.
DOUBLE: Blue Heron and Callisto Light.
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