Three horses it may pay to follow at tonight's meetings
Twilight action comes from Down Royal, Kilbeggan and Musselburgh, while there is a rare Friday night out under the floodlights at Kempton. Here are three horses to note . . .
Archie Watson is having a fine first full season with a licence and sent out his 35th winner of the campaign at Salisbury on Thursday. He has two runners on Friday, both making the near-750 mile round trip from his Lambourn base. Masarzain is a leading contender for the 6.05, but Brandon Castle appears to be his best chance, having won his last two. They have come off marks of 62 and 68 and the five-year-old is now 72, but hit ratings in the 80s when with Andrew Balding and Watson is confident he has more to offer.
Charlie Appleby and the Godolphin crew may have been getting excited when this filly made a winning start at Newmarket in July and rightly so given her smashing pedigree; a Dubawi half-sister to 2007 champion juvenile Teofilo. Some of that sparkle may have dimmed after she suffered defeat in the Sweet Solera at the same venue on her next start. However, she looks to have been found a golden opportunity to get back on track, and she has fancy entries in the Fillies' Mile and the Irish 1,000 Guineas – both Group 1s.
A new barn caused one or two health problems for Harry Whittington's string during the last jumps campaign, but he is much happier with how things have gone over the summer and went close to a double at Newton Abbot last week. Jack Bear has not really taken to hurdles, but was a winner on the all-weather for previous trainer Jonathan Portman and at Nottingham on the Flat for Whittington, whose horses may just be worth following now they are free from hold-ups.
Down Royal 4.05 (first race)
Yielding, soft in places on the sprint course, soft yielding in places on the round course
Yielding, good in places
Good to firm, good in places
Standard to slow