Wednesday UK preview

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Wednesday UK preview

MARK JOHNSTON

London – Flylikeaneagle can continue his profitable start to his career on Wednesday with victory in the British EBF Nursery Handicap at Nottingham.

Trained by Mark Johnston, this colt by Free Eagle has yet to finish out of the first two places in four starts.

Second on his debut at Newcastle, he then went to Beverley to break his duck with the minimum of fuss from a subsequent winner.

Johnston then sent him to Hamilton, but he was no match for the William Haggas-trained Grand Rock.

However, for a juvenile to concede 3kg to a smart rival in heavy ground was always going to be a tough ask.

He got back to winning ways last time out, returning to Beverley for a race which did not take a great deal of winning in truth, but Johnston steps him up to 2000m this time and it looks a good move.

Ralph Beckett can certainly ready a juvenile to win first time out and this tends to be his time of year with two-year-olds.

He unleashed a hugely-talented type at Newmarket on Saturday in Kinross and any market support for Annie De Vega ahead of the British EBF Matchbook Future Stayers Oath Restricted Maiden Stakes should be noted.

She is related to the likes of Natalie’s Joy and also has Blue Duster in her pedigree, so the potential is there.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Mars Landing should get off the mark in the first division of the Close Brothers/British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes at Kempton.

He has had the misfortune of coming up against John Gosden’s hugely exciting Palace Pier in both his races to date.

However, he narrowed the gap from over eight lengths first time out to almost half that next time.

He looked far more clued up the second time around and should be closer to the finished article now.

Gosden’s Good Tidings should relish the step up to 2400m in the Colonel Porters Bar Dean St Newcastle Novice Stakes at Gosforth Park.

This Teofilo colt was a short price to win on debut but let down favourite backers, however, he made up for that last time out.

Stepping up in trip should help him defy a penalty because he looks all stamina.

Another stepping up in trip is Brian Ellison’s Puerto Sol, who should benefit from an extra 200m in the Bowburn Hall Hotel Nursery.

This Olly Murphy-trained Beau Sancy can claim top honours in the featured Ludlow Brewery Handicap Chase as racing returns to the Shropshire venue. – Press Association

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