It’s time for Timoshenko

It’s time for Timoshenko


London – Timoshenko looks a good bet to stretch his winning streak to five in the Archerfield Cup Handicap at Musselburgh on Friday.

The type of horse trainer Sir Mark Prescott has made his reputation with, Timoshenko has thrived this term when stepped up to long trips, after showing little as a two-year-old.

He is unbeaten so far this term, with his latest victory coming over this distance of 3200m at Chepstow two weeks ago.

The Archipenko gelding has gone up 7kg since his spree began, but may still have more to come.

Armageddon got off the mark at the second attempt when making all over 1200m at Haydock and can carry on the good work in the EBF Edgen Murray Conditions Stakes.

The Bryan Smart-trained youngster blew the start on his debut, yet finished eye-catchingly to take third place in a Thirsk maiden.

He looks a sharp sort and this track should suit, as long as he exits the stalls on an even keel.

Brighton specialist Roy Rocket can give his legion of supporters reason to cheer by registering his ninth course success in the Kew Electrical Handicap.

John Berry’s evergreen eight-year-old nearly always performs with credit at the Sussex venue and seems sure to go well again after returning from a month’s break.

Jack Taylor has shown a liking for this course with two wins there this season and he can make it three in the Brighton Bullet Handicap.

The Richard Hughes-trained three-year-old promises to benefit from a drop back in class and a step back up in trip after a respectable effort at Goodwood last week, when he was fourth to Lord Riddiford.

All six of Trulee Scrumptious’s victories have come on Newmarket’s July course and the nine-year-old can add to her tally in the Fly London Southend Airport To Prague Handicap.

She was beaten on her latest start when fourth to Big Storm Coming, but that was over an inadequate distance of 1400m and in a higher grade. The 2000m will be much more to her liking and she is also down in class.

Island Of Life can recoup Wolverhampton losses by coming out on top in the Irish Lotto Handicap at Chelmsford.

Supporters of the William Haggas-trained sprinter were resigned to their fate when the 4-6 favourite was slowly out of the stalls.

However, she finished to such effect that he was only beaten 0,75 lengths in third place behind Secretfact.

She can gain ample compensation, assuming she gets away on time.

Beatboxer looked a potentially smart two-year-old when making a winning debut at Sandown and John Gosden’s colt can double up in the Smarkets Betting Exchange Novice Stakes at Haydock. – Press Association

SELECTIONS (UK starting times):

BRIGHTON: 2.00 Black Lace, 2.30 No More Regrets, 3.00 Roy Rocket, 3.30 Rock Icon, 4.00 Jack Taylor, 4.30 Kachumba, 5.00 Impart.

CHELMSFORD: 5.55 First Thought, 6.25 Buckingham, 7.00 Broken Spear, 7.30 Island Of Life, 8.05 Mississippi Miss, 8.40 Fitzwilly, 9.10 Hilight.

HAYDOCK: 5.45 Akamanto, 6.15 Beatboxer, 6.50 Motafaawit, 7.20 Dark Thunder, 7.55 Four Kingdoms, 8.30 Miss Dd.

MUSSELBURGH: 2.10 Lady Lavinia, 2.40 Armageddon, 3.10 Ravenhoe, 3.40 Arabian Jazz, 4.10 TIMOSHENKO (NAP), 4.40 Trautmann, 5.15 Pantomime.

NEWMARKET: 5.25 Assembly Of Truth, 6.00 Fast Endeavour, 6.35 Damon Runyon, 7.10 Trulee Scrumptious, 7.40 Red Starlight, 8.15 Ashpan Sam.

TIPPERARY: 5.05 Tenax, 5.35 Silver Service, 6.05 Alfredo Arcano, 6.40 Christmas, 7.15 Bouquet Garni, 7.45 Julienne, 8.20 Galtymore.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.50 Magical Wish, 2.20 Passing Star, 2.50 Go Annie Go, 3.20 Dress Coat, 3.50 Sicario, 4.20 Gravity Wave, 4.50 Topology, 5.20 Mostawfee.

DOUBLE: Timoshenko and Trulee Scrumptious.

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