London – War Eagle can get off the mark at the third time of asking in the EBF Novice Stakes at Kempton on Monday.
The John Gosden-trained colt ran a nice race on his introduction at Newmarket in July and was expected to go a few places better next time out at Epsom, where he was sent off at odds-on.
Things did not go entirely to plan, though, as he found himself a little detached from the front two when not coming down the hill as well as he might.
He looked green and ill at ease on the famous camber in the straight and, while he did make ground to be second, he was five lengths down on the winner.
Back on a much more conventional track, it will be disappointing if he does not show his true colours this time.
Ryan Moore rides and he should hopefully already be on the scoresheet at the Sunbury venue through Finch Hatton, in the Novice Auction Stakes that opens proceedings.
The former champion could be in for a good day at the office as he has plenty of other chances, including Radio Source for Jeremy Noseda in the ROA/Racing Post Owners’ Jackpot Handicap.
The James Fanshawe-trained Flaming Marvel has been off since May, but it would be no surprise to see him make his mark in the Matchbook Betting Podcast Handicap.
This will be his first start in a handicap, but he has shown ability in his three maiden runs – including twice on the all-weather – and Fanshawe knows the time of day.
Kick On Kick On looks the one to be with in the Racing UK Handicap at Leicester.
Trained by Clive Cox, the Swiss Spirit colt won two of his four starts last season and there was lots of encouragement to take from his reappearance win at Windsor.
A non-runner at Goodwood in August due to the ground, he was not seen again until an outing at Wolverhampton at the beginning of this month, when he ran no sort of race.
If he is over whatever was ailing him – he was reported to be coughing by the vet in his post-race examination – then he should be thereabouts.
Global Hero has gone under the radar in the juvenile department, but there was much to like about his debut success and he should be very hard to beat in division one of the Kegworth Novice Stakes.
Karl Burke has enjoyed a memorable season and has another promising youngster in the shape of Constant who is back out in the Les Hoey MBE Dreammaker Foundation EBF Novice Stakes at Hamilton.
The Dutch Art colt finished fifth on debut at this venue and went on to spring a 20-1 surprise at Yarmouth.
In beating representatives from the John Gosden and Roger Varian yards – the third has come out and won since – he probably achieved a decent level of form and may defy the penalty.
Formula One can get back to winning ways in the Granny Elizabeth Handicap at Newcastle. – Press Association
SELECTIONS (UK starting times):
FAIRYHOUSE: 3.15 Always Running, 3.45 Ancestral, 4.15 Levee Breaks, 4.45 Recon Mission, 5.15 All The King’s Men, 5.45 Captain Power, 6.15 T For Tango, 6.45 Still Standing
HAMILTON: 1.30 Constant, 2.00 Geoff Potts, 2.30 Khelman, 3.00 Little Pippin, 3.30 Al Destoor, 4.00 Where’s Jeff, 4.30 Granny Roz, 5.00 Blue Medici
KEMPTON: 2.10 Finch Hatton, 2.40 WAR EAGLE (NAP), 3.10 Flaming Marvel, 3.40 Navadir, 4.10 Mary Somerville, 4.40 Zain Hana, 5.10 Radio Source, 5.40 Nawar.
LEICESTER: 2.20 Global Hero, 2.50 Faro Angel, 3.20 Johni Boxit, 3.50 Kick On Kick On, 4.20 Outbox, 4.50 Posh Perfect, 5.20 Kyllachys Tale, 5.50 Champagne Bob
NEWCASTLE: 5.30 Formula One, 6.00 Player’s Luck, 6.30 Aldana, 7.00 Turgenev, 7.30 Mi Laddo, 8.00 Ronnie The Rooster, 8.30 Joyful Star, 9.00 Griise Lightning
DOUBLE: War Eagle and Flaming Marvel.