Thursday 23 January 2020

It's a Futuristic feeling that should be followed

The winner Futuristic (red and white) races in the early stages of the class 5 6f novice stakes
Yarmouth 17.9.19 Pic: Edward Whitaker
The winner Futuristic (red and white) races in the early stages of the class 5 6f novice stakes Yarmouth 17.9.19 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Futuristic can continue on an upward curve by transferring his winning form to Chelmsford.

James Tate's colt is one of two improving three-year-olds who must carry a penalty in division two of the Extra Places At totesport.com Handicap.

After his emphatic success on handicap debut at Newcastle, though, Futuristic is the one who appears to be going places fast - and he should demonstrate the point here.

He settled matters quickly at Gosforth Park over six furlongs, before staying on strongly on that stiff track.

This easier seven ought to be just right, and there is every reason to anticipate further progress after just four career starts - including two victories already.

Division one of the race can go the way of the David O'Meara-trained Tilghman.

The four-year-old remains a maiden after four attempts, although only of those has come under the care of O'Meara, in September at Catterick.

That was his first run since May, so he can be excused his last of three there, and it is worth noting his only try at this Essex circuit resulted in a second place on his debut.

Over the same distance earlier on the card, expect Daysaq to get the ball rolling in the totepool Cashback Club At Totesport.com EBF Novice Stakes.

Owen Burrows' juvenile looked sure to improve when running with promise on debut at Wolverhampton, and this seems a good opportunity to confirm the positive impression.

Wolverhampton are racing again too, and Brigand ought to bag the spoils there in the All Weather Championship Season 7 Handicap.

John Butler's gelding has done enough of late to find his way back to the top of this 0-55 ratings band - and having performed with credit over course and distance when runner-up last time, he should be able to concede the weight successfully in a tight contest.

Imperial Square outran his odds when an honourable third at Chelmsford, and may be ready to open his account at the third attempt in the Ladbrokes "Play 1-2-Free" On Football Novice Stakes.

Global Citizen is an exciting recruit to fences and gets the chance to underline his potential in the racingtv.com Beginners' Chase at Carlisle.

Ben Pauling also had his dual Grade Two-winning hurdler entered at Cheltenham this week, but prefers the trip north as a starting point.

The Cotswolds trainer has already earmarked Sandown's Henry VIII Novice Chase as an major early-season target for the seven-year-old.

CARLISLE: 1.50 Overthetop, 2.25 Global Citizen, 3.00 For Three, 3.30 Buddha Scheme, 4.05 Ryalex, 4.35 Calliope, 5.10 Hot Gossip.

CHELMSFORD: 5.00 Big Boris, 5.30 Daysaq, 6.00 FUTURISTIC (NAP), 6.30 Tilghman, 7.00 Reims, 7.30 Dargel, 8.00 My Amigo, 8.30 Casual Reply.

LUDLOW: 2.00 Humble Hero, 2.35 Master Sunrise, 3.10 Shantou Sunset, 3.40 Court Royale, 4.15 Lerichi Belle, 4.45 Global Tour, 5.20 Karakoram.

SOUTHWELL: 1.40 Buyer Beware, 2.10 Notachance, 2.45 Blackfinch, 3.20 Lord Sparky, 3.50 Sid Hoodie, 4.25 Dariya, 4.55 Faivoir.

THURLES: 1.45 Sinoria, 2.15 Artic Pearl, 2.50 Mrs Milner, 3.25 Solar Heat, 3.55 Elwood, 4.30 Dicey, 5.00 The Bosses Oscar.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.15 Longroom, 5.45 Brigand, 6.15 Abwaaq, 6.45 Imperial Square, 7.15 Anglo Saxson, 7.45 Swinley, 8.15 Roving Mission.

DOUBLE: Futuristic and Global Citizen.

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