Candelisa to burn bright

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Candelisa to burn bright

London – Candelisa secured his first all-weather win on his latest start and can make it a quick-fire double today, Wednesday 12 February, on his return to Kempton for the 32Red Handicap.

This seven-year-old has now has four wins to his credit in 36 career starts – but he is still pretty unexposed on artificial surfaces, having had just four runs to date.

Candelisa ran twice on the all-weather for Jedd O’Keeffe – but now with David Loughnane, via a stay at Tony Coyle’s yard, he seems to have enjoyed his couple of outings so far this winter.

Third on his initial attempt at Lingfield in December, he improved on that when seeing off Divine Messenger here by a length in what was a competitive heat – appearing to win with a little something still in reserve.

The handicapper has put him up 1.5kg for that, but he still remains 4kg below his turf mark, so Candelisa could have more improvement to come.

Meghan Sparkle found hot favourite Prompting far too good last time, but the 100% Profit Boost At 32redsport.com Fillies’ Handicap looks an opportunity for her to take the starring role.

This four-year-old’s career has been punctuated by some lengthy absences, with 180 days between her first and second start and then another 230 days before her third.

That third run saw her finish four lengths adrift of Prompting at Wolverhampton last month, although the distance does marginally flatter her after what appeared to be a bit of an awkward run.

The outing will have at least knocked off any rust, though, and it qualifies her for a starting mark of 62 – a perch which appears highly workable for Clive Cox.

Merry Vale can gain that all important first success in the 32Red On The App Store Novice Stakes.

A daughter of Intello out of a Group 2-winning mare, Merry Vale has hit the bar on each of her three starts to date for John Gosden, most recently when third over 2000m at Lingfield in December.

Merry Vale tackles 2400m here, with the step up in trip appearing likely to suit.

Course form is a definite plus at Southwell, so Tynecastle Park must be one for the short-list in the Betway Handicap.

This seven-year-old relishes the Fibresand surface and has recorded each of his four career wins at the Nottinghamshire venue.

He struck gold under 3kg-claimer Selma Grage over 2800m in December – but having won three times over the extended 3200m he faces here, the longer distance holds no fears.

Tynecastle Park had to settle for second on his most recent run over 3600m, comprehensively beaten by Padleyourowncanoe, but that 10-length defeat can be righted in this event.

Bedtime Bella is another with proven Southwell ability, in the Bombardier Golden Beer Handicap.

She has been out of luck in six starts since winning here in November – but off a 4kg lower mark, it would be dangerous to rule her out.

Ice Cool Champs can make it two wins in as many starts for Kerry Lee in the Cotswold Hereford BMW Chase at Hereford.

Previously trained by Philip Hobbs, Ice Cool Champs returned from a 323-day absence in style as he powered home by 10 lengths at Wetherby last month. – Press Association

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