Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column

Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column

Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column

First published in Sport

Roger Charlton's Old Guard showed enough on his debut at Warwick in April to suggest there may be a good deal of improvement to come in the WSM Communications In Aid of CLIC Sargent Maiden Stakes at Windsor on Monday evening.

He was obviously doing nothing flashy at home on the Beckhampton gallops as he was sent off at 10/1 for his first run, despite being a half-brother to Charlton's multiple Group-winning mare Thistle Bird.

It is also very common for Charlton's youngsters to improve a good deal from their first run to their second, so the fact he stayed on nicely into third at Warwick offer some promise for the future.

Ralph Beckett's Ravenous was only put up 3lb for winning at Epsom in April and that looks fairly reasonable going into the Unibet-By Players For Players Handicap.

After being beaten a long way on his first two runs last season, he showed more third time out when beaten a length and three-quarters at Newbury.

He was fifth behind the classy That Is The Spirit at Doncaster on his seasonal reappearance and got off the mark when claiming an admittedly ordinary maiden at Epsom back in April.

Ravenous won in good style that day and while the form may be nothing special, he is worth an interest on his handicap bow.

David Lanigan's Polybius looked a promising type when winning at Windsor on just his second start and he can follow up in the unibet.co.uk Daily Enhanced Place Terms Handicap.

Fifth on debut over seven furlongs when too keen, the drop back to six did the trick as he ran out a three-length winner.

Handed an initial mark of 84, connections will soon find out if that is a harsh or lenient assessment.

Declan Carroll's Mrs Biggs outran her odds on her debut at Carlisle last week and should have come on for the run ahead of Thirsk's Racing UK Anywhere Available Now Maiden Auction Stakes.

The Paco Boy filly looked as if she was going to win for a few strides before being outstayed.

Carlisle is quite a stiff six furlongs for newcomers and she should find Thirsk's layout more to her liking.

Given Richard Hannon's Potentate has been a beaten odds-on favourite the last twice, he might be one to avoid in Chepstow's 32Red.com Maiden Stakes.

Denis Coakley's New Identity showed plenty of promise when third in a 13-runner Bath maiden and given the Rock Of Gibraltar colt hails from a decent family, he could be a nice type for his capable trainer.

Roger Varian's newcomer Rashash is one to note in Lingfield's 32Red.com/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

Having only cost 20,000 guineas as a foal, his price shot up to 80,000 guineas as a yearling. He is well-related and has a couple of decent entries later in the year.

CHEPSTOW: 2.00 Cape Victoria, 2.30 Jacob Cats, 3.05 Go For Broke, 3.40 New Identity, 4.10 Frangipanni, 4.45 For Ayman, 5.15 Island Legend.

KILBEGGAN: 6.00 Better Part Of Me, 6.30 Poetic Lord, 7.00 Ebazan, 7.30 King Leon, 8.00 Jayo Time, 8.30 Fever Pitch, 9.00 Highbrown Blue.

LINGFIELD: 2.15 Investissement, 2.45 Minley, 3.20 El Duque, 3.55 Rashash, 4.25 Wrood, 5.00 Hilali, 5.30 Ventura Ice, 6.00 Greek Islands.

THIRSK: 6.20 Mrs Biggs, 6.50 Red Cape, 7.20 Zac Brown, 7.50 Beat The Tide, 8.20 Snow Bay, 8.50 Jimmy Crackle, 9.20 Amazing Blue Sky.

WINDSOR: 6.40 Guilty, 7.10 OLD GUARD (NAP), 7.40 Ravenous, 8.10 Polybius, 8.40 Panettone, 9.10 Cosette.

DOUBLE: Old Guard and Mrs Biggs.

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