Ryan's return: Moore aiming to Walk In The Sun on Kempton comeback
Ryan Moore takes his first ride of 2018 at Kempton on Friday night on newcomer Walk In The Sun, who steps out for Jeremy Noseda and Phoenix Thoroughbreds under the floodlights in the Matchbook Casino Novice Stakes (8.15).
The son of Street Sense was purchased by Kerri Radcliffe, racing manager and bloodstock agent in the northern hemisphere for Phoenix, for €1.4 million at the Arqana Breeze Up Sales in France last year.
Walk In The Sun, named after a lyric from the Bruce Springsteen hit Born To Run, has been doing plenty of running himself on the all-weather surfaces around Newmarket of late and is now ready to make his debut after taking time to come to hand last year.
Top lot when sold, Walk In The Sun is from a speedy family but has the physique to go beyond this easy seven furlongs in time.
Radcliffe said: "Walk In The Sun is a lovely horse who is having his first run and I expect he'll come on for it. We'll see how goes before making any future plans but he's a horse we like."
On the naming of the three-year-old, she added: "We had Born To Run playing in the car on the way back from Arqana and its a line that says 'One Day Baby I Will Take You To Where You Can Walk In The Sun'. I hope that's what he'll do for Phoenix Thoroughbreds and we are doing it as an operation at the minute with Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders. Of course, his stable name is Bruce!"
The Mighty Don is out to stake his claim for a place in the Pertemps Hurdle final at the Cheltenham Festival in the latest qualifier in the series at Huntingdon (3.15).
Nick Gifford's improver came up against the useful Golan Fortune when runner-up at Ascot before Christmas since when the winner has followed up in style at Kempton.
The Mighty Don faces seven opponents including Taj Badalandabad, winner of the 3m1f contest the last time it was staged in 2016.
Trainer Nick Gifford said: "The boxes are all ticked for The Mighty Don, it's just the ground that could be a problem as he's up in trip. The plan is to get him qualified for Cheltenham but I think there may be a few in there with the some idea. When Mitch Bastyan got off him at Ascot he said he wants further so we're giving it a go."
Cash machine Clear Skies bidding to book her ticket to Lingfield
Clear Skies was the equine equivalent of a cash machine at Dundalk pre Christmas winning four races on the bounce between 1m2f and 1m4f before having her stamina stretched when third over 2m last month.
Back to her favoured 1m2f (6.00), the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly will be bidding to book her ticket to the Group 3 Winter Derby at Lingfield next month by recording her fifth win at the track.
However, if Clear Skies is to get back to winning ways, she will need to better the thoroughly progressive Wooster, chasing his third straight win on the AW track for Noel Kelly.
Michael Halford, the leading handler at Dundalk, is represented by Shannon Soul while Elleval heads the weights for David Marnane and Pat Smullen.
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