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Friday 9 December 2016

Time to be tempted by Charlton's Temptress

Roger Charlton: victorious
Roger Charlton: victorious

Temptress is unquestionably worth a bash at Listed class when she runs in the Weatherbys VAT Services Pipalong Stakes at Pontefract.

A strong field has been declared for this historic one-mile affair, but Roger Charlton’s four-year-old filly could have a little more scope than many of her rivals. The daughter of Shirocco has been largely consistent in a seven-race career, with a runaway success in a tight Ascot handicap last summer the winning highlight so far. That said, Charlton must have been equally as satisfied by her smashing effort at Royal Ascot, where she only succumbed by a neck in the Royal Hunt Cup.

Indeed, Temptress might have even won one of the most competitive races of the Royal meeting had James Doyle not been forced to switch his companion wide to find daylight when push came to shove. She has since been elevated to a mark of 103 so it now makes perfect sense to try her at this level.

A testing, sharp circuit like Pontefract should suit her down to a tee, while she also appears to have optimum ground conditions to be fully effective.

Tumblewind must have a good chance later on the card in the King Richard III Stakes .

Richard Whitaker’s mare is a decent horse on her day, and continually shows up well in fair sprint handicaps.

That was certainly the case over course and distance at the end of June when she finished third behind Gran Canaria Queen, even in spite of a troublesome dash to the line.

The daughter of Captain Rio has been left alone by the assessor for this assignment, which still makes her 1lb lower than when she won at Thirsk last May.

First-time blinkers could help Commanche get home in front when he runs in the “Madness” After Racing Friday 25th September Classified Claiming Stakes at Wolverhampton.

The chestnut son of Sleeping Indian did pretty well at Lingfield last time and would not be winning out of turn after a string of near-misses.

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