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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Improving Tears of the Sun looks set to shine for Cox at Brighton

CLIVE COX'S (pictured) team have been ticking along quite nicely this spring and TEARS OF THE SUN can carry on the good work at Brighton.

The four-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman competes in the mile-and-a-quarter EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies' Handicap, and must have every chance judged by a decent run at Bath in April.

Despite having won over a mile and a half at Brighton earlier in her career, Tears Of The Sun had a whale of a time over a shorter trip last time out.

Adam Kirby pioneering front-running ride very nearly yielded a rich harvest as his companion only went down by a length to the useful Palerma.

Tears Of The Sun is again reunited with Kirby, which has to be a good thing, while the horse's prior experience of Brighton will also stand her in especially good stead.

SIXTIES LOVE has so far been a source of frustration, but all can be forgiven after the Thistle Brighton Hotel Handicap.

Still winless from 10 runs, the four-year-old daughter of Sixties Icon is hardly the most appealing of betting propositions.

That said, there is enough enthusiasm to be gained from a recent run over course and distance to suggest her time is near.

Simon Dow's representative finished second at the seaside track on April 28, beaten a length by Shifting Star, whose jockey shut the door on the runner-up when Kieran O'Neill darted towards the rail to find a bit of daylight.

That had no significant impact upon the result, but Sixties Love might have got a little closer with more luck in running.

In any event, that effort at least showed she is capable of winning a bad race like this off a mark of 65.

TRUE PLEASURE was perhaps given a little too much to do at Doncaster a week and a half ago, but compensation should be forthcoming in the yorkshire-outdoors.co.uk Adventure Activities Handicap.

James Bethell's mare was a fast-finishing third on Town Moor, having previously won well at Beverley and over this course and distance, and seemingly has the nous to continue her good run of form.

The return to just over two and a half miles should do for QUEEN SPUD when she lines up at Fakenham.

Henry Daly's six-year-old has twice struggled over three miles but should be much happier in the Fakenham Ladies Raceday 31st May Mares' Handicap Hurdle

Malcolm Jefferson has one or two fair chances at Sedgefield, but perhaps CAPE YORK could be the ace in the pack when he runs in the John Wade Waste Recycling Handicap Chase.

The consistent TARA TAVEY turned in a stout display at Exeter last month and should go one place better back at the Devon circuit in the Brunswick Arms Dawlish Handicap Hurdle.

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