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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:37am Thursday 10th April 2014 in Sport
One of the season's darker horses for top honours gets his campaign under way as Festival Theatre makes his seasonal reappearance in the Follow BetVictorRacing On Twitter Handicap at Kempton.
Sir Michael Stoute's impeccably-bred colt was seen just twice last year, finishing mid-division on his debut in a Salisbury maiden before doing really well to win in a similar event at this track.
Both times he was racing over seven furlongs, and it is very much to his credit that he could win at that trip as he is bred to appreciate much further, as many Ballymacoll Stud-owned horses are.
He should be seen to really good effect now he tries a mile and a half, in a race that has only attracted four runners but will give connections a good idea of where they are as all are last-time-out winners.
Entered in the Dante and the Derby, he has a mark of 85 for his handicap debut and there will be long faces if he does not prove to be a good deal better than that in time.
Majestic Sun is quite interesting in the Download The BetVictor App Now Handicap.
Not seen on the track until September, there was a fair bit to like about the King's Best colt's fourth to Cordite at Leicester in October, with that horse showing the form in a really good light when occupying the same position behind the ill-fated Piping Rock in the Horris Hill at Newbury.
Sent handicapping for the first time and stepping up a furlong in trip, there looks to be more to come from Peter Chapple-Hyam's charge.
Perfect Alchemy has shown a liking for this surface and that can be a deciding factor in the Interactive Fillies' Handicap, where some sort of case can be made for all six runners.
The daughter of Clodovil showed a reasonable level of ability in two maidens at Windsor and Newmarket, and built on those placed efforts when staying on best of all to take top honours in September.
That race has worked out well enough, throwing up a couple of winners from in behind, and Ralph Beckett's string are going well.
There is every chance of Time Square running another good race in the Download The BetVictor Instabet App Handicap.
Tony Carroll's seven-year-old ran really well on the opening day of the Flat turf season at Doncaster, plugging on to take third having attempted to make all.
All three of this British successes have come at Kempton, so a switch to the Sunbury Polytrack is a positive and he won off this mark here in June last year.
Saint Jerome is turning into a very capable juvenile and ought to take some stopping in the Ludlow Racing Partnership Novices' Hurdle.
Successful already at this track when triumphing in November, the Jamie Osborne-trained youngster produced a startling performance to score at Warwick subsequently after a run in between on the all-weather at Kempton.
Soon in the clear, he opened up a huge advantage at one stage and kept going to dot up by six lengths.
With just three runs to his name over obstacles, he is pretty unexposed just yet and hard to oppose in what looks an ordinary event.
There is another race in Tuskar Rock at some point and the Follow totepool On Facebook And Twitter Handicap Chase at Taunton might be it.
His overall profile suggests he is a bit in and out, but he is capable on his day and off a mark some 9lb lower than his last winning one, he is going to pop up very soon.
Thinger Licht can gain solace following a narrow defeat at Towcester when he returns to the Northamptonshire circuit for the Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Healthy Forage Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.
KEMPTON: 5.40 Majestic Sun, 6.10 Pastoral Witness, 6.40 Heartsong, 7.10 Time Square, 7.40 FESTIVAL THEATRE (NAP), 8.10 Teen Ager, 8.40 Perfect Alchemy.
LIMERICK: 1.55 The Islander, 2.25 High Focus, 2.55 Danmas, 3.25 Dynamite Dixie, 3.55 Waaheb, 4.25 Hisaabaat, 4.55 Missunited.
LUDLOW: 2.30 Saint Jerome, 3.00 Speed Master, 3.30 Rosa Fleet, 4.00 Highway Code, 4.30 Chat Room, 5.00 Rockiteer, 5.30 Scales.
TAUNTON: 2.20 Torran Sound, 2.50 Knave Of Clubs, 3.20 Great Choice, 3.50 Spoil Me, 4.20 Echoes Of Joy, 4.50 Hint Of Mint, 5.20 Tuskar Rock, 5.55 Shanty Town.
TOWCESTER: 2.10 Thinger Licht, 2.40 Missionaire, 3.10 Bright Intervals, 3.40 Present Trend, 4.10 Fair Bramble, 4.40 Russe Blanc, 5.10 Done A Runner, 5.45 Border Breaker.
DOUBLE: Festival Theatre and Majestic Sun.
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