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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Diamond can be in Pink with polished performance

Pink Diamond brings a great deal to the table when she runs in the Genting Casino Brighton Learn To Play Handicap at Brighton.

Eve Johnson Houghton's three-year-old has a nice pedigree compared to many of her exposed rivals in the race and can be trusted to run with purpose in the hands of John Fahy.

The daughter of Champs Elysees has only run six times, but she has already won a race this year, when three-quarters of a length too strong for Eugenic at Salisbury in July.

With faster ground at Brighton seemingly assured, Johnson Houghton's decision to revert to a mile and a quarter looks a sound piece of business given she is not quite yet the finished article over middle distances.

A trappy-looking affair could be hers for the taking if she is fully wound up.

Jolie Blonde jumps off Catterick's eight-race card and should be followed accordingly.

Nothing short of risible in three starts over a mile in maidens, it was an entirely different story on her handicap bow at Bath on September 29 where she dotted up by a length and a quarter.

She also has plenty of stamina flowing through her veins so this ascent to just shy of two miles may bring about even more progression.

Jolie Blonde will soon be walloped by the assessor, so a 6lb penalty for this assignment hardly represents Doomsday.

Dark Ocean got his act together towards the end of last month at Wolverhampton and can go one place better on the Kempton Polytrack.

The Jedd O'Keeffe-trained four-year-old has had a rather chequered career, but there were visible signs of a mini-renaissance at Dunstall Park when he only succumbed by half a length to the useful Al Mukhdam over an extended mile.

Having only had two previous all-weather outings, he should feasibly have plenty to offer on a mark of 70.

There is no quarter given on a tough Leicester card, but perhaps the lucky last can yield some profits if Iggy does what is expected of him.

Mick Easterby's four-year-old galloped all the way to the line in a six-furlong handicap at Redcar last month, finishing a close-up fourth behind Chiswick Bey, and would appear to have rediscovered his mojo.

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