Horse Racing: Ifrika will keep doing it right

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Ifrika has not done a lot wrong in her three starts to date and has a good opportunity to get off the mark in the Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield.

Clive Brittain’s juvenile was spotted making late progress when fourth on her racecourse introduction on the Lingfield turf in June and hindsight tells us that was a fair effort, with the winner Double Point ending up with a three-figure rating and the runner-up, Cockney Bob, going on to win no less than five races.

Ifrika performed even better when fourth again in a typically warm Newmarket maiden three months later, with the subsequent victory of the second home Baarez again giving the form a solid look.

The youngster’s latest effort when third of five in a conditions race here was another decent effort and given that was her first appearance in a couple of months, she should strip fitter and there is scope for further progress.

Credit must go to all involved for saving the Compare Bookmakers At Handicap, a race which was due to be staged last week until heavy fog forced the meeting to be abandoned.

Twelve quality sprinters are due to go to post, with Hoof It capable of defying top-weight. Mick Easterby’s six-year-old looked destined for the top of the sprinting division following a fantastic 2011 campaign, during which he carried a big weight to a brilliant victory in the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood before being beaten a neck into third in the Sprint Cup at Haydock.

The following year proved to be a complete disaster, with Hoof It making just two appearances in a season ruined by injury.

It seemed his racing days could be coming to an end as he finished held in races at York, Goodwood and Ripon on his first three starts this year, but he dramatically turned the corner when third in the Sprint Cup again and he has regained his consistency since.