Alan Thomson is Dreaming of a Good Friday pay-day
RAINBOW DREAMER (2.00) can prove a spring-board for a string of fancied market leaders on the Good Friday All-Weather Finals card at Lingfield.
Alan King’s gelding makes his first visit to the track but has racked up plenty of experience on other artificial surfaces. He lost out narrowly to Mildenberger after an epic struggle at Wolverhampton in January before going one better in smooth fashion the following month at Kempton.
The 6f contest sees 12 runners going to post and strong Irish fancy Harry’s Bar has been unlucky with the draw in stall 12. The six-year-old won over course and distance when trained in the UK by James Fanshawe and comes into the race in top form. EXALTED ANGEL (3.10) caused a 20-1 surprise when reeling in Fizzy Feet in February and stall five is ideal for Karl Burke’s sprinter. Summerghand got going too late, not for the first time, when fourth in last weekend’s Cammidge Trophy won by Royal Commando. David O’Meara fits a first-time visor. In a very open event, Lampang won’t be far away if able to repeat his course and distance second to Good Effect in November.
MIGHTY GURKHA (3.45) wins a narrow vote in the three-year-old sprint over six furlongs. He battled back to edge out Zamaani at Kempton in January and romped home by more than seven lengths when making a successful debut here last June. Diligent Harry justified favouritism when taking the measure of Rohaan over course and distance 23 days ago and will have his supporters. Apollo One pipped Megallan over seven furlong, leading two out, and that is a solid piece of form.
At Newcastle, course specialist BROCTUNE RED (2.15) can post a personal best in the 7f Bombardier Handicap. Form figures 221112 from his last six runs here over a mile tell their own story and his neck defeat at the hands of Kentuckyconnection last Friday evening was another sterling effort. Stall one wasn’t helpful as he was trapped a little wide without cover and the six-year-old is better berthed in this small field today.
Dual course and distance scorer GLOBAL WARNING (2.50) remains feasibly treated in the 6f handicap, with apprentice Harry Burns taking off 7lb. The top weight should still have the edge over old adversary Devil’s Angel and consistent Dandy’s Gold.