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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:59am Friday 27th June 2014 in Sport
A chance should be taken on Magic Of Reality in the Betfred TV/EBF Stallions Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle on Friday.
Lady Cecil's inmate does not strike as being an obvious winner of the Listed race over a mile and a quarter, but there are significant question marks about several of the other alleged protagonists.
By contrast to Oaks also-rans, Lily Rules and Regardez, the daughter of Galileo is probably at her best on fast ground, which may be decisive if the forecast is accurate.
That claim is evidenced by her good form as a three-year-old, when she won twice at Salisbury over a mile on a brisk surface.
Magic Of Reality has not yet fully sparked into life this term, but she was hardly disgraced when a two-length third behind Zurigha in the Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes at Kempton in April.
It was a similar story in a class three handicap at Haydock on June 11 when she got to within a length of Chosen Character, without ever looking like winning.
The ground was very soft on Merseyside that day, which almost certainly would not have been ideal, while that run again left the impression that her days over a mile could now be behind her.
To that end, the defining point for Magic Of Reality, who chased home the likes of Integral and Talent in her formative years, is that she now returns to 10 furlongs in what is a pretty moderate race.
Disclosure was a most unfortunate loser at Thirsk a week and a half ago but he should redress the balance at Doncaster.
Les Eyre's three-year-old was largely unconsidered in a six-furlong handicap in North Yorkshire, but he very nearly delivered at odds of 33/1.
The gelded son of Indesatchel encountered no shortage of trouble inside the final furlong at Thirsk and was only beaten a neck by Line Of Reason.
Disclosure clearly enjoys the sound of rattling hooves - he won on fast ground at Hamilton last July - and is only 1lb higher for the Betdaq £25 No Lose Free Bet Handicap than when last sighted.
In what does not look a strong race, the eminently capable Eyre can have the final word.
Shirataki looks exceedingly well treated at Yarmouth.
Peter Hiatt's six-year-old did not fare too badly at Bath on June 17 yet is now 11lb lower for the Book The Trafalgar Restaurant At Yarmouth Handicap than when he hit the mark at Newbury last July.
A return to the minimum trip could do it for Monumental Man in the All New 32Red Sport Handicap at Newmarket.
James Unett's sprinter found six furlongs a bridge too far at Chester earlier this month, but he had previously looked sharp when victorious over course and distance in May.
Monumental Man is only 4lb higher for that half-length success, which is hardly the end of the world for a horse who loves to make the running.
Jazri deserves respect in the Lindop Toyota GT86 Handicap at Chester.
Milton Bradley's three-year-old has been in top trim this term and deserved a shade more from a mile-and-a-quarter handicap at Haydock on June 12, when second to the well-handicapped Suni Dancer.
Mason Hindmarsh could impress at a fair price in the Boogie In The Morning Handicap at Musselburgh.
Karen McLintock's game frontrunner was bustled out of contention at Newcastle last time, but he may be afforded a softer lead at the Scottish venue from off a reasonably generous mark.
CHESTER: 6.20 Vita Mina, 6.50 Jazri, 7.20 Taro Tywod, 7.55 Brae Hill, 8.30 Caramack, 9.00 Buredyma.
CURRAGH: 5.25 Curlylocks, 5.55 Feach Ar Agaidh, 6.25 Lady Mega, 6.55 Won Diamond, 7.25 Step Away, 8.00 Chance To Dance, 8.35 Bazaar.
DONCASTER: 2.00 Fruity, 2.30 Doomah, 3.00 Disclosure, 3.35 Nonno Giulio, 4.10 Muhawalah, 4.45 Oh Star, 5.20 Eagle Rock, 5.50 Dorset Cream.
MUSSELBURGH: 2.10 Soft Love, 2.40 Operateur, 3.10 Honest Bob's, 3.45 Alaskan Bullet, 4.20 Beckermet, 4.55 Mason Hindmarsh, 5.30 It's All A Game.
NEWCASTLE: 6.10 Mr McLaren, 6.40 Gotcha, 7.10 MAGIC OF REALITY (NAP), 7.45 Love Island, 8.20 Anderiego, 8.50 Bogsnog, 9.20 Noble Asset.
NEWMARKET: 5.55 Spirit Raiser, 6.30 Hundi, 7.05 Twin Point, 7.35 Battersea, 8.10 Hoodna, 8.40 Insaany, 9.10 Monumental Man.
YARMOUTH: 2.20 Intermedium, 2.50 My Guardian Angel, 3.20 Artemis, 3.55 Wannabe Your Man, 4.30 Sagesse, 5.05 Shirataki, 5.40 Avocadeau.
DOUBLE: Magic Of Reality and Disclosure.