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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:26am Thursday 1st May 2014 in Sport
Right Of Appeal can put a disappointing effort behind him and regain the winning thread in the Chartplan Handicap at Lingfield.
Mark Johnston's charge did not show much in three juvenile starts last year but a gelding operation over the winter appeared to have done the trick when he made a victorious return to action at Wolverhampton in January.
Stepped up to a mile and a half from six furlongs, Right Of Appeal relished the stamina test in seeing off Belle Peinture by six lengths without being put under any pressure at all.
The handicapper took a dim view of his easy success though, hiking him 13lb in the ratings and he failed to handle that rise when last of three runners at Southwell at the beginning of April.
However, he did not settle at all on his first start in 87 days and his early enthusiasm clearly took its toll as he failed to see out the trip.
Right Of Appeal has been dropped just 1lb for that run but if he can race with a little more restraint here, he can still be competitive off a mark of 66 in what is a tight event.
Wickhambrook is most certainly of interest in the the KC Facilities Handicap.
Ismail Mohammed's colt was a little unfortunate in a seven-race maiden campaign, but he at least finally hit the target over seven furlongs at Warwick last October.
The son of Dubawi then ran well to a point back a few weeks later at Windsor, but he found a mile too much to handle on soft ground.
That Wickhambrook reverts to seven furlongs for his seasonal debut deserves close scrutiny.
Renowed mudlark Dream Walker should enjoy himself back at Redcar.
Brian Ellison's inmate won four races last year when conditions were on the exacting side, and there should again be some discernible cut in the ground for the Redcar Racecourse Conference & Wedding Venue Handicap.
Despite having struggled in the Spring Mile at Doncaster, the grey son of Gold Away did a lot better at Yarmouth a week and a half ago when he finished second to Sir Mike over a mile on ground that was probably a shade too quick for him.
Dream Walker will probably not be the most easiest horse in training to place this term, such is his elevated handicap mark, but he will be a great deal fitter than most of these.
It almost goes without saying that any further rainfall would be most welcome.
Supreme Bob ditched his rider when in a good position at Chepstow on his most recent visit to the racecourse but can gain deliverance in the IWEC Electrical Handicap Chase at Ffos Las.
Lucy Jones' eight-year-old enjoys competing at the Welsh circuit and has been tipping away quite nicely since thoughts turned to chasing.
Edmund's consistency on soft ground tends to put him in the spotlight for the Cinnamon Club Trimdon Handicap Chase at Sedgefield, with Homer Run a valid contender for the Free Tips Every Day At gg.com Handicap Hurdle at Towcester.
The Punchestown Festival continues apace, where Quevega can snare a fifth consecutive victory in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle.
Willie Mullins' extraordinary mare will be no sort of value, though, so it could pay to double up with stablemate Champagne Fever, who contests the Ryanair Novice Chase.
FFOS LAS: 5.10 Bonobo, 5.40 Supreme Bob, 6.15 Royal Riviera, 6.50 Catching On, 7.25 Mister Fantastic, 7.55 Man Of Steel, 8.25 Abbeygrey.
LINGFIELD: 1.35 Noverre To Go, 2.05 Reedcutter, 2.35 Annaluna, 3.05 Aeolian Blue, 3.35 Wickhambrook, 4.05 RIGHT OF APPEAL (NAP), 4.35 Dandy.
PUNCHESTOWN: 3.40 Sir Harry Cash, 4.15 Dick Dundee, 4.50 Quiscover Fontaine, 5.30 Quevega, 6.05 Celestial Prospect, 6.40 Champagne Fever, 7.15 Vicky De L'Oasis, 7.45 Tell Us More.
REDCAR: 1.55 Hell For Leather, 2.25 Hemi Bossena, 2.55 Qatar Princess, 3.25 Dream Walker, 3.55 Deep Resolve, 4.30 Captain Royale, 5.05 Where's Tiger.
SEDGEFIELD: 1.45 Be A Dreamer, 2.15 Recway Lass, 2.45 Edmund, 3.15 Cara Court, 3.45 Badea, 4.20 Flemi Two Toes, 4.55 Echo Springs.
TOWCESTER: 4.45 Boosha, 5.20 Marleno, 5.55 Master Red, 6.30 Gorsky Island, 7.05 Homer Run, 7.35 Lough Coi, 8.10 Brigstock Seabra.
DOUBLE: Right Of Appeal and Dream Walker.
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