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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
8:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014 in Sport
Freedom's Light can emerge the saviour for punters on a difficult-looking card at Yarmouth.
There is no quarter given at the seaside venue, but those who latch on to John Gosden's filly in the 1954-2014 Michael Foulger Birthday Handicap should be suitably appeased.
The daughter of Galileo probably has a high enough rating for what she has actually achieved, but, like many of her stablemates, she is expected to have improved immeasurably as a four-year-old.
Unraced as a juvenile, Freedom's Light took a little while to come to hand last year, but she certainly appeared to have got a sense of purpose at Lingfield in November.
The George Strawbridge-owned filly was a little head-strong early on in what was a decent mile-and-a-half maiden, but she swiftly hit her stride, winning by a length and a half.
That she was so naive early on bodes particularly well with this season in mind, when she will no doubt have far greater maturity.
Although there are few issues over a mile and a half, this descent to 10 furlongs will hold no terrors at a galloping track like Yarmouth.
Assuming she is anywhere near to being fully wound up, Freedom's Light, who still holds an entry in the Middleton Stakes at York, should win this with a little to spare before stepping up in class.
The fact Gosden cannot stop winning races is also another major reason for optimism.
Charlie's Star is a stand-out contender in the Grosvenor Casino At Great Yarmouth Maiden Auction Stakes.
Monmouthshire trainer David Evans does really well with his two-year-olds, and looks to have another nice one in this daughter of Hellvelyn.
Fortune has, however, so far deserted Charlie's Star in two racecourse outings this year as she firstly came up against the impressive-looking Tiggy Wiggy at Kempton, where she finished a clear second.
Next up was a trip to Newbury for a hot maiden, in which she was only beaten a length by Kasb, who looks well up to Pattern class and turned in arguably the juvenile performance of the season to date at Newbury.
With similarly sharp rivals thin on the ground at Yarmouth, a routine success should be forthcoming.
Very First Blade would most certainly not be winning out of turn when he has his 21st start at Wolverhampton.
The five-year-old gelding was a particularly robust servant for former trainer Mark Brisbourne, but he has not yet won for Michael Mullineaux since his transfer in January.
That statistic should change after the Quicksilverslots More Jackpots More Machines Handicap.
Despite having not hit the target, Very First Blade has had a pretty good year, with a rash of placed finishes to his name.
The son of Needwood Blade also showed up well on his most recent visit to a racecourse when he got to within two lengths of the more-than-useful Red Invader over seven furlongs at Southwell a few weeks ago.
Very First Blade was simply unlucky to have bumped into a most progressive animal that day, and the fact the third horse horse home was never sighted adds further credence to the form.
Mullineaux will also be highly satisfied by the handicapper having left his representative well alone on a mark of 49 - the same rating off which he last struck in the summer of 2013.
Midnight Cataria has far less on her plate than when last seen in a Listed race at Newbury when she contests the Racing UK-sponsored handicap hurdle at Ludlow.
Majorica King is interesting in the Wetherby Racecourse & Conference Centre Handicap Chase at the Yorkshire circuit, while Isla Pearl Fisher will not be too far away in the Fiona Dalrymple Handicap Chase at Kelso.
BALLINROBE: 5.05 Cuil Rogue, 5.35 Carrow Queen, 6.05 Orgilgo Bay, 6.35 May Dullea, 7.05 Our Ollie, 7.35 Louisville Lip, 8.05 Sir Abbot.
KELSO: 1.45 Lord Brendy, 2.105 Clondaw Knight, 2.50 Isla Pearl Fisher, 3.25 Zaru, 3.55 Soul Magic, 4.25 Allow Me, 5.00 Fruit Fayre.
LUDLOW: 1.55 Always Archie, 2.25 Spoil Me, 3.00 Bold Perk, 3.35 Midnight Cataria, 4.05 August Hill, 4.35 Warwickshire, 5.10 Green Winter.
WETHERBY: 2.05 Rosslyn Castle, 2.35 Rayadour, 3.10 Bit Of A Jig, 3.45 Cool Sky, 4.15 Majorica King, 4.45 River Purple, 5.20 Star Lily, 5.50 Bobs Lord Tara.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Bountiful Forest, 6.15 Alzammaar, 6.45 Tiger Reigns, 7.15 Miss Tiger Lily, 7.45 Kung Hei Fat Choy, 8.15 Very First Blade, 8.45 Sky Ranger.
YARMOUTH: 4.20 Charlie's Star, 4.55 Golden Steps, 5.25 Shimba Hills, 5.55 FREEDOM'S LIGHT (NAP), 6.25 Sir Mike, 6.55 Push Me, 7.25 Imaginary Diva.
DOUBLE: Freedom's Light and Very First Blade.
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