Skil Full Of Promise
Skil Full Of Promise
By Nick Robson

John Gosden


KILLARNEY: 5.50 Scrapper Jack, 6.20 Tepalo, 6.50 Realt Dubh, 7.20 Champagne Agent, 7.50 Ordinary Man, 8.20 Agus A Vic, 8.50 Elsie.

REDCAR: 2.00 Brockwell, 2.30 Little Jimmy Odsox, 3.00 Mango Music, 3.30 Shaleek, 4.00 Oldjoesaid, 4.30 Moss Quito.

TOWCESTER: 5.30 Well Green, 6.00 My Viking Bay, 6.30 Maraafeq, 7.00 Rydalis, 7.30 Midnight Spirit, 8.00 Amuse’Me, 8.30 Lower Hope Dandy.

WINDSOR: 5.40 Rio’s Pearl, 6.10 Bank Bonus, 6.40 Good Luck Charm, 7.10 SKILFUL (NAP), 7.40 Shot In The Dark, 8.10 Cades Reef.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.45 Emma Jean, 2.15 Collectable, 2.45 Shop Til You Drop, 3.15 Arganil, 3.45 Call Of Duty, 4.15 Jet Acclaim, 4.45 Remix, 5.15 Commerce.

There is Listed action on offer at Windsor and John Gosden’s Skilful should take all the beating in the Sky Bet Stakes.

The four-year-old has only had six races in his short career to date but he has shown plenty of promise.

Having landed a decent handicap at Haydock last September, he went desperately close to following up off a 12lb higher mark the following month.

William Buick looked to have the race won at halfway, having set a ferocious gallop, but he had gone too fast and was collared close home by Mia’s Boy.

While only fifth of seven on his return to action this season behind the evergreen Sri Putra, he showed up well for a long way.

He ended up racing wide into the straight and once again doing too much too early and paying for it close home.

As a son of Selkirk he should have no trouble handling the testing conditions and if Buick can get him settled early on, he can get back on the winning trail.

Rio’s Pearl looks another nice type for Pearl Bloodstock.

Trained by Ralph Beckett, she cost £50,000 so connections will be expecting some return for their money.

Making her debut in a decent event at Salisbury she showed up well for a long way before just tiring into third close home.

She should improve a good deal for that experience and will take all the beating in the Mirror Punters Club Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Few trainers have their horses in better form than Andrew Balding and his Bank Bonus looks a likely type in the Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Owned by the Queen, the son of Motivator ran behind Most Improved on his debut last year and stepped up on that to finish third of 11, beaten less than a length, at this course.

That was over a mile and he was staying on nicely at the finish, so 10 furlongs should be well within his compass.

Little Jimmy Odsox can show the benefit of his seasonal reappearance in the Betfred Is Backing Barney Handicap at Redcar.

A really likeable type last season, he was never out of the frame, winning three times.

He was well beaten on his return at Ripon but was entitled to need that and David Allan has passed over stablemate No Poppy, a winner last time out.

It will be a major surprise if Roger Varian’s Shaleek is beaten in the Redcar Racecourse Supports Racing Welfare Maiden Fillies’ Stakes having filled the runner-up spot on all three starts to date.

Arganil has well over a stone in hand ahead of the Ladbrokes Mobile Claiming Stakes at Wolverhampton and can use this as a confidence booster.

He won a handicap at Redcar off 82 last month and is even better on the all-weather.

Maraafeq can strike gold in the Niftylift Handicap Chase at Towcester.

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