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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
7:55am Thursday 27th February 2014 in Sport
Forgotten Gold is not always the safest of conveyances, but has talent and can lift a good prize in the Forbra Gold Cup at Ludlow on Thursday.
Tom George's gelding has fallen and unseated on two of his last three starts, but was well in contention in both at the time and in between those efforts got round over the National fences in the Grand Sefton at Aintree, so he can jump.
He has run just those three times so far this season, but last year ran well enough in the novices' handicap chase at Cheltenham and won at Market Rasen.
The eight-year-old is not badly handicapped at all and it might be we have yet to see the absolute best of him.
Dancingtilmidnight has been off for over a year but had looked a useful prospect so could take a leading role in the Follow At corbettsports On Twitter Mares' Handicap Hurdle if reasonably ready fitness-wise.
She won her two bumpers before being pitched into a Listed event on her hurdling bow and Harry Fry is having plenty of winners at the moment.
Lord Of House can get back to winning ways in the Royal Bath & West Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at Taunton.
Very much a progressive novice for Charlie Mann, he could only manage fourth in the Kingmaker at Warwick but it should be said that was a pretty hot renewal, won as it was by Balder Succes.
He has been taken out of his Cheltenham engagements but this looks a reasonable opportunity before a step back up in grade at some point.
Fayette County should be followed in the Elizabeth Waters Birthday Novices' Hurdle.
Trainer Tim Vaughan swerved a number of assignments for this seven-year-old in preference for this race and he really ought to go close on his first start since October.
His half-length defeat to Milan Bound at Carlisle on his hurdling reads pretty well for a horse who is open to plenty of progress.
Returntobrecongill makes plenty of appeal back at Southwell for the coral.co.uk Best Odds Guaranteed On Racing Handicap.
The James Given-trained four-year-old goes particularly well at the Nottinghamshire circuit over this 11 furlongs, numbering a 19-length win among his efforts and finishing second and third on his other two course-and-distance outings.
That third place saw him just a length and three-quarters adrift of Masterful Act having attempted to make most and sticking to his guns well.
Crucially he is a lot better off at the weights with his old rival and everything points to another bold showing.
Mark Johnston relies on Branston De Soto in the 32Red Tomb Raider Slot Handicap and the hint should be taken as the Middleham handler dominated the entry stage for the mile affair.
Keith Dalgleish's Frankthetank is likely to go off a warm order, but the Johnston runner has shown signs of ability, most notably when second at Nottingham on soft ground and that lends credence to the theory that he could be well suited by the Fibresand.
There definitely looks to be a race in Byron Gala and his latest chance comes in the Back of the Net At BetVictor.com Handicap under the floodlights at Kempton.
It seems a tad harsh on the Marco Botti three-year-old that he runs off a 4lb higher mark than when second at Wolverhampton on his first handicap start, but he was well supported at Dunstall Park and dropping to a mile with Adam Kirby in the saddle is a positive.
There is hope for followers of Bubbly Bailey in the Goffs Breeze-Up Sale Royal Ascot Week Handicap.
The John Jenkins-trained gelding tackles six furlongs for the just the second time - and the first since the second run of his career - and it is easy to see why connections are having a go as it could be he has just not been seeing out seven furlongs and a mile.
The four-year-old is generally ridden handily and might be able to nick this with a canny ride from Freddie Tylicki.
KEMPTON: 5.30 Byron Gala, 6.00 Polydamos, 6.30 Abigails Angel, 7.00 Billowing, 7.30 Seek The Fair Land, 8.00 Singzak, 8.30 Dance, 9.00 Bubbly Bailey.
LUDLOW: 2.00 Simply A Legend, 2.30 Benbens, 3.00 Dancingtilmidnight, 3.30 FORGOTTEN GOLD (NAP), 4.00 Big Casino, 4.30 Island Life, 5.00 Pure Science.
SOUTHWELL: 2.20 Branston De Soto, 2.50 Monsieur Lavene, 3.20 Honoured, 3.50 Returntobrecongill, 4.20 Eva Clare, 4.50 Grace Hull, 5.20 Repetition.
TAUNTON: 2.10 Stow, 2.40 Fayette County, 3.10 Lord Of House, 3.40 Smiles For Miles, 4.10 Ceasar Milan, 4.40 Martys Mission, 5.10 The Darling Boy.
THURLES: 2.25 Chiltern Hills, 2.55 Rupert Lamb, 3.25 Cadspeed, 4.05 Gallant Tipp, 4.35 Shesafoxylady, 5.05 Luddsdenene, 5.35 Grangeclare Pearl.
DOUBLE: Forgotten Gold and Lord Of House.
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