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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:26am Monday 30th June 2014 in Sport
Pallister can confirm recent form with Winstanley and take home top honours in the Spindrifter Conditions Stakes at Pontefract.
Mark Johnston's two-year-old looked a promising type when not beaten far behind Snap Shots at Haydock last month, with the winner subsequently running a cracker to finish fourth at Royal Ascot.
Johnston targeted a more low-key event for Pallister next time, with the Pivotal colt heading to York, where he duly made short work of the reopposing Winstanley.
A length-and-a-quarter winner that day, Pallister had to work hard initially but was pushing on again near the line which suggests he will get further than six furlongs in time.
That said, Johnston sticks to the sprint trip this time and while Pallister has to concede 2lb to his old rival here, the manner of his recent victory leads you to believe the extra burden should not be an issue.
Ruwasi is worth following as he makes the switch from maiden company in the Jack Smith - A Lifetime In Racing Handicap.
James Tate's persistence paid off as this Authorized colt finally hit the mark at the fourth time of asking when winning at Catterick in early June.
While he had to work hard for that 12-furlong success, his determined attitude was a definite plus as he finally got on top on his rivals with just 100 yards to run.
The one-length margin has prevented the handicapper from going too mad and a mark of 80 might be a reasonable starting point for a colt that has clearly improved with each outing.
Stepping Out has been an excellent servant so far with two wins in five starts and she can further enhance those statistics in the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Park Suite Fillies' Handicap.
Tom Dascombe's charge was off for 11 months after winning at Brighton last June and she clearly needed her reappearance run at Newbury in May as she made serious progress before turning out again Goodwood.
She stuck on well that day to score by a neck and while it was only a minimal distance, she appeared to have a fair bit left in the locker.
Lady Sparkler may not be one of Roger Varian's stable stars but she should be good enough in Windsor's Unibet Injury Time Insurance In Brazil Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
She made little impact on her debut but appeared vastly in need of the experience, a view confirmed by her improved effort when third on her next start.
The two who finished in front that day had some nice bits of form in the book and Lady Sparkler may not have to show too much more to win this six-furlong heat.
Varian can also strike with Kafeel in the Lonetree Ltd McDonalds Handicap at Ffos Las.
His first two efforts in handicap company have been creditable, with the Epsom cambers clearly not to his liking when second last time.
Beaten just under two lengths, Kafeel still has a bit of swing in the ratings.
Spindle can make it third-time lucky at Southwell in the 32Red Casino British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
She handles the Fibresand surface and has not been beaten far in two previous placed efforts at the track.
FFOS LAS: 6.15 Lady Percy, 6.45 Kibaar, 7.15 Wasabi, 7.45 Katmai River, 8.15 Kafeel, 8.45 Vallarta, 9.15 By Rights.
PONTEFRACT: 2.30 Pertuis, 3.00 PALLISTER (NAP), 3.30 Ruwasi, 4.00 Stepping Out, 4.30 Gavlar, 5.00 Naggers, 5.30 Ellaal.
SOUTHWELL: 2.15 Templar Boy, 2.45 Pearl Noir, 3.15 Spindle, 3.45 Amenable, 4.15 Kirkman, 4.45 Daydreamer, 5.15 Just Five.
WINDSOR: 6.00 Robin Hill, 6.30 Hipz, 7.00 Lady Sparkler, 7.30 Red Warrior, 8.00 Dark Amber, 8.30 Four Cheers, 9.00 Harwoods Star.
DOUBLE: Pallister and Stepping Out.