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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Illumined can shine to be the brightest star on show

LIGHTING UP: Illumined. Photo: Grossick Racing Photography
LIGHTING UP: Illumined. Photo: Grossick Racing Photography

Illumined can prove the star of the show in Goodwood's British Stallion Studs EBF Foundation Stakes.

John Gosden's filly moves up to Listed class today after two comfortable victories from just four career starts.

The latest came as an odds-on favourite in a Haydock handicap when she encountered soft ground for the first time on her return to turf after two sound performances over a mile and half on Kempton's Polytrack.

Back to 10 furlongs on Merseyside, Illumined showed enough speed there to suggest she will be at home over this course and distance.

Up 6lb for her Haydock success, she must still bridge a significant ratings gap to get the better of more seasoned opponents here.

But she receives weight from all apart from her fellow three-year-old Look Around, who runs in the same high-profile colours, and it is not difficult to back Gosden's decision to test her in this strong open-age company.

Specialise was Illumined's victim at Haydock, dispatched by two lengths in a four-runner field.

Roger Varian's filly was a feasibly-backed market rival that day and if Illumined runs with the anticipated credit, Specialise will be even more strongly fancied half-an-hour later in the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Fillies' Handicap.

She moves up in trip by half a mile here, and has raced throughout her brief career as if the extra distance will help significantly.

Newcastle's evening card is notable for a three-strong raiding party from Michael Stoute's Newmarket yard.

Among them is Crystal Pegasus who, as his name suggests might be the case, is related to the same owner and trainer's recently retired superstar Crystal Ocean.

Crystal Pegasus is out of a half-sister to his ex-stablemate, who at one point this summer was rated the best horse in the world - ahead of the mighty Enable.

The Designs Signage EBF Novice Stakes may therefore be well within his compass, particularly after a promising debut third at Ascot which indicated an extra furlong here will be no problem.

Stoute has chosen the following Equine Products EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes for Jovial, ahead of Group One and Two options at Newmarket this week.

At the track where Enable began her brilliant career with a victory in the same colours, Jovial therefore has a golden opportunity to double her tally - conceding a penalty all round to 11 opponents after a maiden success at Yarmouth last month.

Dance Fever is another who must concede weight but has the credentials to do so, in the second division of Kempton's 32Red On The App Store Novice Median Auction Stakes. Clive Cox's colt caught the eye with a debut win at Windsor this month.

TODAY'S SELECTIONS

GOODWOOD: 2.00 Herman Hesse, 2.30 Love Dreams, 3.05 Shining, 3.40 ILLUMINED (NAP), 4.10 Specialise, 4.45 De Vegas Kid, 5.20 More Than Likely.

KEMPTON: 5.00 Desert Safari, 5.30 Dance Fever, 6.00 End Zone, 6.30 Informed Front, 7.00 Basilisk, 7.30 Faylaq, 8.00 Sir Prize, 8.30 Casarubina.

NEWCASTLE: 5.15 Asian Angel, 5.45 Tails I Win, 6.15 Crystal Pegasus, 6.45 Jovial, 7.15 Colonel Slade, 7.45 Don Ramiro, 8.15 Regal Banner.

PERTH: 2.10 Carrie Des Champs, 2.40 Lucky Robin, 3.15 Justatenner, 3.50 Topofthecotswolds, 4.20 The Boola Bee, 4.55 Holy Motivation.

REDCAR: 12.15 Sweet Embrace, 12.45 Breguet Boy, 1.15 Rulers Kingdom, 1.45 Thornaby Nash, 2.20 Buniann, 2.50 Brassica, 3.25 Grimsdyke, 3.55 Red Allure.

SLIGO: 1.50 Moskovite, 2.25 Indian Music, 2.55 Feeling The Love, 3.30 Western Sea, 4.00 Mash Potato, 4.30 Cap D'Aubois, 5.05 Glacial Shadow.

DOUBLE: Brassica and Illumined

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