Saturday 18 November 2017

Back the Dark horse to shine brightest

DARK CASTLE looked an animal of potential when losing his maiden tag last time and he can make a successful first foray into handicap company at Kempton.

Sylvester Kirk’s charge obviously did not follow his sire Dark Angel’s example of being a very forward juvenile, but he can make up for lost time now.

Raced just once at two, Dark Castle ran a bit better than the bare form figure of sixth would suggest as he patently did not enjoy the mile trip that day.

Stepped back to six furlongs at Kempton last time, he really began to shine, racing prominently before taking it up two furlongs out and coming home a two-and-a-quarter-length victor.

He travelled well before pulling clear in style and, as he beat a 67-rated rival with ease, an initial mark of 74 looks workable.

Jellicle obviously lacks the ability of Grade One-winning half sibling It’s Tricky, but she should be good enough in the Free Entry For Betdaq Members Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

She was evidently unsuited to easy conditions on her final outing at Doncaster, disappointing when third as favourite on that last occasion and a small wager could be rewarded.

Queen Of Denmark is a fascinating newcomer for Mark Johnston in the Betdaq Multiples Maiden Stakes.

Things have not gone to plan with this filly as she is only now making her debut as a four-year-old, but you can see why connections have persevered.

A daughter of Kingmambo, Queen Of Denmark is a half-sister to former Hong Kong superstar and Dubai Sheema Classic winner Vengeance Of Rain and, if she has just a fraction of that kind of talent, she should be pretty smart.

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