Four fancies for Thursday: Rachel Candelora marks your card

By Rachel Candelora
Thu 19 Oct 2017

By Rachel Candelora

11.10 Deauville: Cheikeljack

Our recent early morning forays to France have proved lucrative so far, so I’m off for another early start across the channel.

Cheikeljack looks to have been found an ideal opportunity by inform trainer Henri-Alex Pantall to follow up his recent Maison-Laffitte win.

This Group Three winner is favoured by the conditions of this race and, although he’ll probably go off a short price favourite, it is difficult to envisage any of his rivals having the pace to challenge this “speed ball,” over an extended 5f here.

2.00 Brighton: Sing Out Loud

Sing Out Loud is the only winner is this novice and has only a 4lb penalty for his maiden win as it was a novice auction race.

His standout piece of form in the context of this race was his neck second last time out over 7f at Brighton when Hector Crouch got squeezed up on the rail and his saddle slipped – if not for that he would have probably won.

Now Gary Moore, who is set to be top trainer at Brighton this season, has dropped him back to 6f, the distance of his maiden win, and Adam Kirby comes in for the ride.

5.25 Carlisle: Mary Eleanor

In what looks to be a relatively weak mare’s bumper, Mary Eleanor on her fourth start should be the one they have to beat.

She is bred to be a champion, out of the brilliant Lady Rebecca by the late, lamented Midnight Legend and she has run well in two of her three previous bumper starts and now comes here fresh for her seasonal reappearance and has champion jockey Richard Johnson back on board.

Trainer Tom Lacy has won with three of his eight runners in the past nine days, all ridden by Johnson. Connections are on record as saying that they have been waiting for soft ground for her and it looks like the conditions at Carlisle will suit.

9.57 Keeneland: Some In Tieme

The Grade Three Sycamore Stakes over 12f is the feature of Thursday’s Keeneland card and a big field of 13 go to post in this notoriously competitive race.

The Kenny McPeek-trained Some In Tieme is the selection on the back of his impressive win in the Grade Three Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs last May over 12f, where he beat subsequent Grade One Canadian International winner Bullard’s Alley.

This son of Shirocco is a multiple Grade One winner in his native Brazil and was the champion three-year-old of Brazil last year.

A horse that was tabbed by McPeek for a potential run in the King George over the summer, he has been off since May but shows a series of really good works in the build up to this reappearance. He should be a bit of a price and will get the pace set up he wants for his hold-up style.

Rachel Candelora’s top tips for Thursday:

2.00 Brighton: Sing Out Loud

5.25 Carlisle: Mary Eleanor

11.10 Deauville: Cheikeljack

9:57 Keeneland: Some In Tieme

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