London – Harbour Rock fell short for his supporters last time out but those who keep the faith can be rewarded on Friday in the Marathonbet Non-League Challenge Handicap at Brighton.
David Simcock’s charge will be having just his fifth career outing in this event, but will also be stepping up to 2000m for the first time in a move that looks sure to suit.
The three-year-old has been campaigned solely over 1600m so far, running twice as a juvenile with credit before eventually opening his account at the third time of asking at Goodwood in June.
He proved pretty game to win on that occasion and only just failed to follow up when switched to handicap company, taking just a touch too long to really hit top gear before being beaten just under a length by the eased-down winner.
Given the time it took for Harbour Rock’s challenge to begin in earnest that day, the change in distance looks a logical step as he certainly was not stopping in the finish and his mark of 80 remains competitive.
Under The Covers can show her rivals a clean pair of heels in the Harry Bloom Memorial “Brighton Bullet” Handicap.
Ron Harris’ charge has really got into the groove this term after a bit of a false start to her career, with her sole juvenile run followed by a year off the track.
She ran much better than her 200-1 odds suggested she would on her return at Newmarket in April and despite two subsequent disappointments, it was not a massive surprise to see her win at Bath in June.
Put up 4kg for that success, Under The Covers had to settle for second back at that track in June, pushing the winner all the way to be beaten just a neck and she remains a useful type.
Seduce Me can bring up her hat-trick in the Fly London Southend Airport To Budapest EBF Stallions Fillies’ Handicap at Newmarket.
She made a bit of a slow start to the season for Karl Burke but an eight-length verdict at Newbury at the end of July was supplemented by another cosy success under a 3kg penalty at Epsom just over a week ago.
Seduce Me must shoulder another 3kg here but even with that extra weight, she will be hard to stop now she is on a roll.
Wafy is one to watch as he makes his racecourse bow in the Fly London Southend Airport To Lyon Maiden Stakes.
A Dubawi colt out of 1000 Guineas winner Ghanaati, Wafy is entered in next month’s Champagne Stakes which suggests he has been showing more than a modicum of promise at home.
Sebastian’s Wish has seemingly hit new heights since joining Keith Dalgleish’s team in January and can keep up the good work in the Archerfield Cup Handicap at Musselburgh.
This four-year-old has won four of his five starts for the Carluke handler, with three of those wins coming at the Edinburgh track.
Effective from 2400m to 3200m, Sebastian’s Wish remains a horse on the up and can defy his career-high mark of 83 here.- Press Association