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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:56am Tuesday 6th May 2014 in Sport
Warrior Of Light is clearly held in some regard by his connections and it would be a surprise if he was not in the mix in the Download The BetVictor App Now Handicap at Kempton.
Owned by the Niarchos family and trained by David Lanigan, it was felt the son of High Chaparral merited entries in both the Dante and Derby following his win here in November.
Only sixth on his debut over a mile at the Sunbury venue, Warrior Of Light stepped up on that when running out a length winner over Rapid Advance on his final outing before a winter break.
A 320,000 guineas purchase, Warrior Of Light still looked a bit green and the form has not worked out too badly with three winners and a number of placed horses emerging from those in behind.
While it is a massive step from winning this to lining up in the Epsom Classic, Warrior Of Light looks certain to improve for the 11 furlongs he tackles this time and this could be a nice staging post on the way to better targets.
Dancealot should prove a worthy top weight in the Follow At BetVictorRacing On Twitter Handicap after some excellent juvenile efforts last term.
Not beaten far by Classic hope J Wonder, Clive Brittain's charge went on to win a Newmarket nursery before finishing a creditable third in Listed company after making an early bid for glory.
A mark of 85 looked too tough on her final start and her return effort at Newmarket over 10 furlongs yielded little joy as she finished last of 14 runners, beaten some 46 lengths.
However, that run came in one of the ultra-competitive Tattersalls Millions races and quite probably both the trip and quality of the opposition were to blame for her sound defeat.
Switched to a mile and dropped in class, Dancealot lines up on a perch of 81 and might have a bit of mileage in her yet.
Angelic Upstart bounced back to winning form at Wolverhampton on his seasonal bow and can keep up the good work in the Download The BetVictor Instabet App Jubilee Handicap.
Andrew Balding's was justifying market confidence and while a 5lb rise is far from ideal, this six-year-old is clearly in good heart at present.
Familliarity should get her 2014 season off a to a flying start in Brighton's EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies' Handicap.
Successful over 10 furlongs at Bath on her final start last term, she would appreciate any drying of the ground at the seaside venue.
Catterick also race and Lord Of The Nile might take some beating in the Book Now For 30th May Maiden Stakes.
Trained by Dermot Weld last year, the three-year-old has transferred to the care of David O'Meara and posted a promising effort when second on his first start for his new handler.
He was no match for Yenhaab at Ripon last month but showed likeable attitude in trying to make all and should find this assignment a little easier.
Murphys Promise is an interesting newcomer for Dan Skelton in the At The Races Novices' Chase at Fakenham after winning twice in point-to-point company.
Oliver's Hill did not enjoy the rub of the green last time and is worth a look in the SIS Novices' Hurdle at the same track.
He won a maiden event at Wetherby in March and placed again in novice company before making the switch to full handicap status.
Oliver's Hill stumbled four out on that occasion and while he rallied, he could not get back on terms, but it is too early to dismiss him yet.
Taradrewe is the pick in the Strategic Solutions Financial Advisers Handicap Hurdle at Exeter.
BRIGHTON: 2.20 Iftaar, 2.50 Jazz Bay, 3.20 Monopoli, 3.50 Familliarity, 4.20 Jaladee, 4.50 Skinny Love, 5.25 Ruby's Day.
CATTERICK: 6.00 Magic Time, 6.30 War Poet, 7.00 Lord Of The Nile, 7.30 Shamaheart, 8.00 Al Furat, 8.30 Fleurtille.
EXETER: 5.50 Master Malt, 6.20 Cailin, 6.50 Dan Breen, 7.20 Taradrewe, 7.50 Bradley Brook, 8.20 Horace Hazel.
FAIRYHOUSE: 5.05 Mumbo Bay, 5.40 Wells China, 6.10 Fresh By Nature, 6.40 Back To Balloo, 7.10 Pageboy, 7.40 Take A Shot, 8.10 Roaming Wild.
FAKENHAM: 2.30 Not Til Monday, 3.00 Wait No More, 3.30 Oliver's Hill, 4.00 Murphys Promise, 4.30 Earth Dream, 5.00 Bow Quest.
KEMPTON: 2.10 Littlemissblakeney, 2.40 Si Senor, 3.10 Athletic, 3.40 WARRIOR OF LIGHT (NAP), 4.10 Colourful, 4.40 Angelic Upstart, 5.10 Dancealot.
DOUBLE: Warrior Of Light and Dancealot.
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