Racing: Tuesday preview

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Pink Diamond brings a great deal to the table when she runs in the Genting Casino Brighton Learn To Play Handicap at Brighton.

Eve Johnson Houghton’s three-year-old has a nice pedigree compared to many of her exposed rivals in the race and can be trusted to run with purpose in the hands of John Fahy.

The daughter of Champs Elysees has only run six times, but she has already won a race this year, when three-quarters of a length too strong for Eugenic at Salisbury in July.

A trappy-looking affair could be hers for the taking if she is fully wound up.

Jolie Blonde jumps off Catterick’s eight-race card and should be followed accordingly.

Nothing short of risible in three starts over a mile in maidens, it was an entirely different story on her handicap bow at Bath on September 29.

Trainer Sir Mark Prescott characteristically stepped the three-year-old daughter of Sir Percy up in trip to a mile and a five furlongs, and it could not have worked out any better.

Jolie Blonde dotted up by a length and a quarter, a victory which was perhaps not that unexpected given her trainer’s street smarts in humdrum handicaps of this nature.

She also has plenty of stamina flowing through her veins so this ascent to just shy of two miles may bring about even more progression.

Jolie Blonde will soon be walloped by the assessor, so a 6lb penalty for this assignment hardly represents Doomsday.

Dark Ocean got his act together towards the end of last month at Wolverhampton and can go one place better on the Kempton Polytrack.

There is no quarter given on a tough Leicester card, but perhaps the lucky last can yield some profits if Iggy does what is expected of him.

Mick Easterby’s four-year-old galloped all the way to the line in a six-furlong handicap at Redcar last month, finishing a close-up fourth behind Chiswick Bey, and would appear to have rediscovered his mojo.

Still at a career-low mark of 57, he should be well suited by the extra distance of the Leveret Apprentice Handicap.


BRIGHTON: 1.50 Bookmaker, 2.20 Powerfulstorm, 2.50 Delaire, 3.20 Resonant, 3.50 Stybba, 4.20 Plough Boy, 4.50 PINK DIAMOND (NAP), 5.20 Crouching Harry.

CATTERICK: 2.00 Frozen Princess, 2.30 Beau Eile, 3.00 Deep Blue Sea, 3.30 Jolie Blonde, 4.00 Eastern Magic, 4.30 Molly Cat, 5.00 Captain Scooby, 5.30 Rat Catcher.

KEMPTON: 5.35 Forte, 6.05 Dark Ocean, 6.35 Go For Broke, 7.05 Laura B, 7.35 Galuppi, 8.05 Morning Watch, 8.35 Daylight.

LEICESTER: 2.10 Chain Of Daisies, 2.40 Sympathy, 3.10 Desert Snow, 3.40 Canary Lad, 4.10 Dark Emerald, 4.40 Election Night, 5.10 Semblance, 5.40 Iggy.

TIPPERARY: 2.25 Morning Run, 2.55 Killiney Court, 3.25 Ultra Light, 3.55 Chute Hall, 4.25 Capital Pursuit, 4.55 Obispo, 5.25 Copy Print.

DOUBLE: Pink Diamond and Jolie Blonde.