2.30 Redcar – HIGHLAND SKY (nb)
The selection, trained by David Simcock, is a son of Camelot who failed to live up to market expectations on debut when finishing last in a 1m maiden at Goodwood last September, but he offered a fair bit more in a 9.5f event at Wolverhampton two months later, travelling fluently in rear and not subjected to a hard race as he ran on into sixth behind Corelli (beaten 7¾ lengths). He made his return to action in a 1m maiden at Newbury’s Greenham meeting last month (25/1 chance), taking a keen hold under restraint towards the rear of the field, making some progress between rivals three furlongs out but fading soon after and eventually finishing last of 15 behind Raymond Tusk (beaten 32 lengths). He was very much looked after once his chance had gone that day, and the significant step up in trip allied with the move into handicap company from a mark of 67 ought to see him in a better light, bred to excel with time/distance (closely related to the 2010 Derby runner-up At First Sight). The fitting of a hood will hopefully help him relax better, and it’s interesting he has been aimed at this race given connections landed the 2015 renewal with a similar sort in The Cashel Man; no surprise to see this son of Camelot repeat the feat here.
4.30 Redcar – SCOUNDREL (nap)
The selection, trained by Tim Easterby, is a son of Dick Turpin who debuted in a 6f auction maiden at Thirsk at the end of April, veering out violently to his right as the stalls opened and forfeiting several lengths, recovering to briefly get on terms with the leaders at halfway but unsurprisingly a spent force not long after and beating one rival home. He shaped well when fourth to promising stablemate Angels in a decent 6f maiden at Ripon a couple of weeks later, travelling smoothly to the two furlong marker and looking a player, unable to go with the principals inside the final furlong (beaten 8 lengths). He was turned out again just eight days later for a 6f novice event at Doncaster won in emphatic fashion by the potentially very smart Equilateral, off the pace throughout and considerately handled as he beat just one rival home (beaten 19 lengths). It is clear he has been rushed through maiden/novice events in order to acquire a mark, and an initial rating of 65 appears to be on the lenient side given the level of form he showed behind stablemate Angels (followed up under a penalty next time) and 79 and 83-rated rivals at Ripon. His pedigree also gives hope he’ll prove better than his opening mark, a half brother to the yard’s useful sprinters Cocktail Charlie and Royal Rascal; open to improvement, this son of Dick Turpin is taken to make a winning start in this sphere.