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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:13am Thursday 3rd July 2014 in Sport
Rod Millman can give an already profitable week further polish by saddling Burnt Fingers to victory at Haydock.
The likeable Devon handler, who will always be best remembered for his exploits with gallant stayer Sergeant Cecil, savoured Group Three success in France on Monday with Master Carpenter.
Millman could again be on the mark, albeit at a much more humble level, in the FGI Tangerine Fillies' Handicap on Merseyside.
Burnt Fingers is no world-beater, but she has shown a reasonable level of form since thoughts turned to handicapping.
The four-year-old filly won really well at big odds over a mile at Kempton in April, and did enough at Newbury on May 31 to suggest her turn is not far away once more.
Giantstepsahead could be the one to be on in a tight looking Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap at Yarmouth.
Lightly-raced for a five-year-old, the Denis Quinn-trained son of Footstepsinthesand has been in great heart this season.
Third on his reappearance at Lingfield, he got his head in front for the first time in his career at this track in taking fashion.
Raised 6lb for that, he showed his new mark was not beyond him when narrowly beaten at Nottingham and though he has another 3lb to shoulder, he looks on the up.
Swiss Cross has been a classy sprinter in his career and while not quite the force of old, he showed he is still capable of mixing it at a decent level when second at Epsom last time out.
Phil McEntee sends him back to the Derby venue for the Totepool Supporting the Sport You Love Handicap and he looks sure to run his race.
Second to Asphan Sam last month, he obviously likes the track, and he is only 1lb higher in a weaker race.
His last win on turf was some three years ago but he showed during the winter on the all-weather he is still capable of a high level of form.
Second Step can defy top weight for Luca Cumani in the Abn Amro Handicap at Newbury's evening meeting.
Second on debut at Yarmouth last October over a mile, the Dalakhani gelding had little trouble going one better, despite the diminishing margin, when beating a subsequent winner over 10 furlongs at Newbury.
Given an opening mark of 85, he could be open to plenty of improvement given he steps up another two furlongs to a mile and a half.
Owen Na View was beaten far last time out and might be capable of some improvement in the Book Your Christmas Party At Perth Racecourse Novices' Handicap Chase.
EPSOM: 6.05 Soul Intent, 6.35 Scutum, 7.10 Swiss Cross, 7.45 Toast Of The Town, 8.20 Jakey, 8.50 Kosika.
HAYDOCK: 2.20 All Reddy, 2.50 Dutch Connection, 3.20 Holy Angel, 3.50 Epithet, 4.20 Altaayil, 4.50 BURNT FINGERS (NAP), 5.20 Lesha.
LEOPARDSTOWN: 5.50 Interlacing, 6.20 Dancing Zafeen, 6.50 Six Of Hearts, 7.25 Little Arrows, 8.00 Iniesta, 8.30 Pacelli Road, 9.00 Gambling Girl.
NEWBURY: 6.25 Poyle Vinnie, 7.00 Crystal Malt, 7.35 Kinematic, 8.10 Alzanti, 8.40 Venezia, 9.10 Second Step.
PERTH: 2.30 Star Date, 3.00 Winter Music, 3.30 Pumped Up Kicks 4.00 Owen Na View, 4.30 Me And Ben, 5.00 Badged, 5.30 Fagan.
YARMOUTH: 2.10 Fanciful Angel, 2.40 Baileys Pursuit, 3.10 Shasta Daisy, 3.40 Rostrum Farewell, 4.10 Idder, 4.40 Giantstepsahead, 5.10 Corn Maiden.
DOUBLE: Burnt Fingers and Giantstepsahead.