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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:47am Friday 30th May 2014 in Sport
Stormardal has enough about him to land a nice handicap prize at the first meeting of the season on Newmarket's July course.
The Ismail Mohammed-trained colt was considered a particularly bright prospect as a juvenile following a ruthless maiden success on soft ground at Carlisle.
So much so that connections went for broke in the Dewhurst at Newmarket last October.
Stormardal was outclassed that day, but the poser that is the Lloyds Bank Commercial Supporting Your Business Handicap should be far more his bag.
The son of Shamardal struggled on his return over nine furlongs at Newmarket in April, but there was a little more optimism to be derived from his staying-on third at Haydock on May 10.
With the runner-up, Chatez, having since won last weekend to book his place at Royal Ascot, the form looks strong.
Stormardal is proven with cut in the ground, which will almost certainly come in handy, while everything he has done so far tends to indicate that this mile-and-a-quarter trip should be made to measure.
A fascinating Lloyds Bank Commercial Maiden Stakes sees the eagerly-awaited debut of Hydrogen.
He cost a whopping 2.5million guineas as a yearling, but various problems have meant he is only now seeing a racetrack for the first time.
Bred completely in the purple as a half-brother to Authorized, it will be a surprise, having waited so long, if Peter Chapple-Hyam does not have him fairly ready to give a good account - the betting market is likely to be a huge guide to his chance.
Rock On Candy holds outstanding claims in the Anne And Tony's 30th Wedding Anniversary Handicap on Catterick's evening card.
Trained by the knowledgeable John Spearing, the five-year-old sprinter should revel in the testing ground at the North Yorkshire circuit.
The mare is a really tough cookie when the mud is flying, as illustrated by her course-and-distance success in October 2012 and, more recently, last season's Ffos Las breeze.
Rock On Candy also made a fine return to the track over this five-furlong circuit when she kept going for fifth place against race-fit rivals.
The likelihood of softer ground upon her return to Catterick, allied to the fact the handicapper has relieved her of another 1lb, could make her the one to beat.
Mr Snoozy has far less on his plate at Newcastle than he did when last sighted on a racecourse at York.
Mark Walford's stayer finished fourth in a decent two-mile handicap on the Knavesmire, and deserves respect in the O'Brien Waste Recycling Solutions Handicap.
Versatile in terms of ground, he has seemingly taken another step forwards following last season, when he won three times at Doncaster.
Jelly Fish should be followed closely in the SD2festival.co.uk Handicap at Brighton.
The chestnut son of Observatory claimed back-to-back victories in his juvenile days but could not quite force the issue on his final outing in very heavy ground last autumn.
Amanda Perrett's inmate must carry top weight, but this looks an eminently winnable encounter as long as the ground does not deteriorate too severely.
Jelly Fish brought a good level of staying prowess to the table last term so this step up to just short of a mile and a half should place him in a particularly favourable light.
You're Fired was an eyecatcher at Doncaster in April and gets the nod in the Halliwell Jones For 5 Years Servicing Handicap at Haydock.
The Karl Burke-trained colt finished off a six-furlong handicap on Town Moor with some purpose, taking third place behind New Bidder.
You're Fired races here off the same mark of 78 and will almost certainly appreciate the transition up to seven furlongs.
Monetary Fund looks the one in the Brightwells The Bloodstock Auctioneers Handicap Hurdle at Stratford.
BRIGHTON: 1.50 Amber Crystal, 2.20 Spreadable, 2.55 Clear Praise, 3.30 Jelly Fish, 4.05 Auden, 4.40 Pick A Little, 5.15 Greek Islands, 5.45 Perfect Pastime.
CATTERICK: 6.40 Fathom Five, 7.10 Lily Moreton, 7.40 Confidential Creek, 8.10 Rock On Candy, 8.45 Fly Solo, 9.15 Rokeby.
DOWN ROYAL: 5.55 Beat The Bell , 6.25 Highbrow Blue, 6.55 Hero De Villeneuve, 7.25 Primo Uomo, 7.55 Sunlit Rome, 8.30 Reckless Lad, 9.00 Moonbi Creek.
HAYDOCK: 6.30 Lord Franklin, 7.00 Spend A Penny, 7.30 Foxy Music, 8.00 Outlawed, 8.35 You're Fired, 9.05 Daydreamer.
NEWCASTLE: 2.10 Dragon King, 2.40 Wilde Inspiration, 3.15 Kalahari, 3.50 Mr Snoozy, 4.25 L'Artiste, 5.00 Dutch Lady, 5.35 Modify, 6.05 Adiator.
NEWMARKET: 2.00 Lashkaal, 2.30 Miss Atomic Bomb, 3.05 Hydrogen, 3.40 Life Partner, 4.15 STORMARDAL (NAP), 4.50 Argot, 5.25 Tilstarr.
STRATFORD: 5.50 Oldrik, 6.20 Mcllhatton, 6.50 Sacred Mountain, 7.20 Sharp Suit, 7.50 Monetary Fund, 8.25 Foundry Square, 8.55 White Diamond.
TRAMORE: 5.40 Enjoy Responsibly, 6.15 Trazar, 6.45 Stoney, 7.15 Royal Chief, 7.45 Alelchi Inois, 8.15 Heads Or Tails, 8.50 Waterloo Chateau.
DOUBLE: Stormardal and Rock On Candy.
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