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Monday 18 December 2017

Gorgeous is looking lovely

Middle Kingdom can defy top weight. Photo: Grossick Racing Photography
Middle Kingdom can defy top weight. Photo: Grossick Racing Photography

Gorgeous Noora should reap handsome dividends by stepping back up to six furlongs at Lingfield.

The lightly-raced filly is a nice horse, and produced an uplifting performance at Chelmsford at the beginning of the month.

Gorgeous Noora did not win, but she could not have got much closer.

The daughter of Raven's Pass flew home in a five-furlong handicap but the line came too soon and she went down by a short head to You're Cool.

Luca Cumani's inmate has gone up 3lb for the Betway Sprint Handicap but she has only raced five times in her career and is clearly still progressing nicely.

And after having broken her maiden over this trip at Wolverhampton a year ago, this ascent in distance should work its proverbial oracle.

There are good races to be won with Middle Kingdom, who can shrug off the burden of top weight in the Betway Handicap over a mile and a quarter.

John Gosden's colt did the business on his first two career starts, which included a no-nonsense debut success on the Newcastle all-weather 12 months ago, and hardly lost much in defeat at Chelmsford on November 9.

Middle Kingdom could not quite justify short-priced favouritism in mile-and-a-quarter handicap but he was only beaten three-quarters of a length in a better race than this. That was his first start since April so he is entitled to come on a bundle with that run in safe-keeping.

Today's selections

FAKENHAM: 12.50 Cliffside Park, 1.20 Kayfleur, 1.50 Bardd, 2.20 Holbrook Park, 2.50 Saucysioux, 3.20 Movie Legend.

LINGFIELD: 12.40 Kassar, 1.10 Wintour Leap, 1.40 GORGEOUS NOORA (NAP), 2.10 Middle Kingdom, 2.40 Nezar, 3.10 Deviate, 3.40 Relevant.

SOUTHWELL: 12.30 Captain Mowbray, 1.00 Forth Bridge, 1.30 Whin Park, 2.00 Another Stowaway, 2.30 Passing Call, 3.00 Hallingham, 3.30 Diva Du Maquis.

DOUBLE: Gorgeous Noora and Middle Kingdom.

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