Racing: Speedfit ready to be the Boy

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Speedfit Boy can make a successful return to Brighton in the John “Jack” Brodrick Memorial Handicap.

The George Margarson-trained three-year-old has twice been placed at the seaside venue and can make it third-time lucky off what looks a workable mark.

Key to his chances this time is the step up to a mile.

Speedfit Boy enjoyed himself in a seven-furlong nursery here in July when he got to within half a length of Just Isla.

The gelded son of Red Clubs did well that day, so it was perhaps a fraction surprising to see him revert to six furlongs for his next start.

That theory was rubber-stamped by the fact Margarson’s inmate finished strongly to take third spot, beaten a length and a half by Pastureyes.

His trainer has expert inside knowledge about Speedfit Boy - he is a half-brother to Imperial Guest and Excellent Guest - and can be relied upon to have him ready and willing back in East Sussex.

Trulee Scrumptious should go well in the Apprentice Training Series Handicap at Yarmouth.

Peter Charalambous’ filly has not yet won in 13 starts but she served notice at Newmarket last month her time could be near.

The four-year-old daughter of Strategic Prince made all of the running before she succumbed by three-quarters of a length to Sureness, who has since won again.

Similar tactics often yield plenty of riches in apprentice races, while her cause is considerably aided here by the appointment of Tim Clark, who has already secured three victories this month.

Meddling should also be followed in the Royal Marines Association - “Supporting Our Wounded” Maiden Handicap.

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly turned in a curious display over seven furlongs at Salisbury last time, when she finished last as the even-money favourite.