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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Source looks leading Light

SOURCE OF LIGHT secured a first career victory at Lingfield last week and can make it a quickfire double at Kempton.



Trainer Daniel Loughnane makes a swift return to the track with this filly following her half-length verdict over Purple Affair in a seven-furlong heat.

Previously tried in some fair juvenile events in Ireland, Source Of Light had shown a little promise when fourth on her first try on the all-weather.

She obviously benefited from that run as she stepped up to win next time and, granted similar progression, Source Of Light can defy a 6lb penalty in the Jockey Club Venues Fillies’ Handicap.

Icelander can make it second-time lucky in the Read Nick Luck In Racing Plus Maiden Stakes. A half-brother to a Grade Two winner in America, Mark Johnston’s charge was probably too green to do himself justice when third on his racecourse bow at Lingfield.

Beaten three-and-a-half lengths at the finish, Icelander travelled nicely but took a wide route which probably cost him valuable ground.

His jockey was not too hard on him when it became evident it was not going to be his day, and this similar heat provides another excellent opportunity.

Shirataki let down favourite-backers last time but should be given chance to atone for that slip in the Jockey Club Venues Handicap.

The four-year-old was a winner over 12 furlongs at this track early last month but a return to the Sunbury venue later in January did not yield such pleasing results.

Beaten just under three lengths in third, Shirataki was possibly a bit too keen for his own good in a race that lacked his favoured strong pace.

He only really ran out of petrol inside the final furlong that day and, although he has been put up another 1lb by the handicapper, he could still be good enough.

Sweet Irony is the choice in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Handicap Hurdle at Bangor.

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