Beach Bar posted a fine performance on his seasonal return and can build on that second place with victory in the Follow At HaydockRaces On Twitter Handicap at the Merseyside venue on Wednesday.
William Knight’s charge made steady progress in three juvenile starts, culminating in a win at Lingfield in November in what was a decent maiden that has produced three subsequent winners.
Gelded over the winter months, Beach Bar was not unfancied on his return at Epsom in April, being sent off an 8-1 chance and maintaining a watching brief until making a bid for glory a furlong from home.
However, the winner Chatez was already well in control by that point and Beach Bar could not find the necessary extra, being beaten by two lengths while finishing upwards of four lengths clear of the rest.
Chatez has since given the form a major boost by winning the valuable Silver Bowl at Haydock and while Beach Bar has been raised 4lb, normal progression should see him capable of handling that and a little more.
Magic Of Reality made a promising start to her 2013 campaign when third at Lingfield and a switch back to turf can only be viewed as a positive ahead of the Book Your Christmas Party At Haydock Park Handicap.
She was twice a winner at Salisbury last summer for Lady Cecil, but disappointed at this track in September and was duly put away for the winter.
Pitched back in at Listed level in April, Magic Of Reality was equipped with a hood and it perhaps helped her relax a little too much as she was slowly away and did well to fight back and snatch place honours in the shadow of the post.
The winner, Zurigha, has not exactly boosted the form with two poor runs in Pattern company since, but Magic Of Reality has all the hallmarks of an improving filly and dropped in grade, she should be hard to beat off a mark of 90.
Bold Lass hails from an excellent family and can further enhance her paddock value with a win in the BetBright.com Fillies’ Handicap at Kempton.
The three-year-old was a winner first time out for David Lanigan at the back end of last year and then had just one more run before signing off for the season.
She looked full of promise on her return though, claiming a length second behind Extremity at Leicester.
BEVERLEY: 2.20 Tagtale, 2.50 Adiator, 3.20 Incomparable, 3.50 Bob, 4.20 Thankyou Very Much, 4.50 Mitchell, 5.20 Laftah, 5.55 Chivers.
FAIRYHOUSE: 6.00 Jeune Et Jolie, 6.30 Trinity Force, 7.00 Local Flier, 7.30 Eriniya, 8.00 Lily’s Prince, 8.30 Artful Artist, 9.00 Seismic.
HAMILTON: 6.10 Rock Canyon, 6.40 Raise A Billion, 7.10 Operateur, 7.40 George Rooke, 8.10 Maracuja, 8.40 Captain Scooby, 9.10 Rokeby.
HAYDOCK: 2.10 Button Down, 2.40 Tigrilla, 3.10 BEACH BAR (NAP), 3.40 Magic Of Reality, 4.10 Vent De Force, 4.40 Sea Meets Sky.
KEMPTON: 5.50 Ocean Legend, 6.20 Muqarred, 6.50 Bold Spirit, 7.20 Polydamos, 7.50 Spirit Or Soul, 8.20 Bold Lass, 8.50 Until Midnight.
YARMOUTH: 2.30 Burning The Clocks, 3.00 Hallouella, 3.30 Kirkstall Abbey, 4.00 Dreese, 4.30 Specialty, 5.00 Henke, 5.30 Olney Lass.
DOUBLE: Beach Bar and Bold Lass.