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Force Of Destiny is given another chance in an ‘aged’ Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs of Lingfield polytrack; this twice-raced Galileo colt can do much better than last time when an ignominious fifth on Wolverhampton Tapeta.
Three weeks earlier, over the same course and distance, Force Of Destiny shaped well by finishing a close-up sixth carrying 9st 12lbs on a surface which, apparently, is riding a deal faster than other United Kingdom all-weather circuits.
Steve Drowne rides Force Of Destiny for a third time and I’ll bet we get a much-improved performance; Force Of Destiny is nigh on guaranteed to make one of three places poroviding he replicates anything like his debut time-handicap mark.
Hopefully there isn’t a non-runner but bookmakers will be keen to get one out which would reduce placings to two. For years this has been a diabolical practice; we actually knew a prominent bookies’ representative who reckoned his firm paid good money to trainers prepared ‘play ball!’
When reading my column you need to realise that ‘if the truth hurts there is a problem’ and I’ll always fight the corner of beleagured punters, my audience! Englishwoman attempts a remarkable 17-day(s) four-timer under top-weight in an three-year-old handicap over five furlongs, surely no chance!
When dealing with rapidly-improving fillies it’s not a physical impossibility, they are often a nightmare for official handicappers, but Englishwoman is ‘wrong’ with previous course and distance winner Pink Martini by several pounds and Patrick O’Donnell claims a 5lbs apprentice allowance.
By the same token the talented 18-year-old Georgia Cox will offset the burden of Englishwoman by 7lbs! This is going to be fascinating, anything could happen and I’ve a feeling there could be ‘egg on my face!’
Four Mile Beach is strongly-fancied for a Maiden Stakes over a mile of Kempton ‘poly’ but there are two useful newcomers from ‘fashionable’ yards, Ultimate Star and Skara Mae. Unless 2/1 don’t bet Mark Johnston’s charge.
11.00 Pink Martini
12.05 Force Of Destiny
4.15 Four Mile Beach