Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:45am Monday 2nd June 2014 in Sport
Music Master can take the next step up the ladder with victory in the Weatherbys Private Banking Leisure Stakes at Windsor.
Trainer Henry Candy clearly thinks plenty of the four-year-old as he has entered him for the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot and after bypassing a possible run at York last month, this Listed contest appears a logical port of call as connections weigh up a Group One run.
Music Master proved pretty useful at the June highlight last year when finishing fifth in the Jersey Stakes but dropping back in trip to sprint distances was clearly the making of him last October.
Seven furlongs appeared to be the very limit of his stamina and when reverting to six, Music Master posted a career-best when runner up to useful performer Tropics in an Ascot Group Three.
That run ensured Music Master kicked off over the same distance this term and his two-and-a-quarter-length beating of Mar Mar was completed with the minimum of fuss and he looks sure to make even more progress as the campaign goes on.
Candy has had more than one classy sprinter in his time and Music Master looks another to give him plenty of big days over the summer.
Percy Alleline defied his evident inexperience to win on his debut and must be followed in the EBF Stallions Novice Stakes.
As a son of Sir Percy, you would expect stamina to be his suit in due course but Percy Alleline seems more likely to follow in the steps of his dam, sprinter Dominica, judged on his one-and-a-quarter-length triumph at Salisbury.
A 29,000 guineas recruit last autumn, Percy Alleline could prove a good money-spinner for connections.
Desert Blossom is a fascinating contender as she returns to action in the Charnwood Forest Fillies' Conditions Stakes at Leicester.
One of the horses to be have been involved in the infamous Mahmood al Zarooni doping case, Desert Blossom was sidelined for the entirety of the last campaign and given what she had achieved previously, it is interesting that Godolphin have decided to persevere rather than send her to the paddocks.
A winner at Newmarket on her racecourse bow back in August 2012, she was then not beaten far by the likes of subsequent Group One winners Winsili and Just The Judge in her final two outings.
Obviously there has to be a question mark about her readiness to race after such a long lay off but she clearly had ability as a juvenile and Charlie Appleby has already proved with Certify that he is capable of reviving the careers of the horses caught up in last year's scandal.
My Spirit can make the long journey from Newmarket to Carlisle pay dividends with victory in the ApolloBet Free Download App Fillies' Handicap.
William Haggas' charge is an Invincible Spirit half-sister to multiple Group winner Banimpire and made quite an impression when beating the useful Heho on her racecourse bow.
She shrugged off signs of inexperience to claim that victory and looks one to follow this term.
Pandorica hit the bar at Chepstow last week but is one for the shortlist in the 32Red.com Handicap back at that track.
CARLISLE: 6.15 Bix, 6.45 Free Entry, 7.15 Ella's Delight, 7.45 My Spirit, 8.15 Arrowzone, 8.45 Bajan Rebel.
CHEPSTOW: 2.00 Indian Joe, 2.30 Fathom Five, 3.05 Belinsky, 3.40 Dunn's River, 4.10 Soaring Spirits, 4.45 Pandorica, 5.15 Meetings Man, 5.45 Zinnobar.
LEICESTER: 2.15 Mumford, 2.45 Smart Life, 3.20 Anglophile, 3.55 Desert Blossom, 4.25 Kyllachy Star, 5.00 Tap Your Toes, 5.30 Crossley, 6.05 Khajaaly.
LISTOWEL: 2.05 Ask Vic, 2.35 The Flying Doc, 3.10 Master Oscar, 3.45 Hospital, 4.15 Springbelle, 4.50 Sebadee, 5.20 Macbride.
NAAS: 2.20 Supposing, 2.50 Tested, 3.25 Shipyard, 4.00 War Envoy, 4.30 Beach Belle, 5.05 Seas Of Wells, 5.35 Zafayan.
WINDSOR: 6.00 Percy Alleline, 6.30 Polybius, 7.00 Royal Encounter, 7.30 MUSIC MASTER (NAP), 8.00 Mac's Power, 8.30 Pink Diamond, 9.00 Swift Blade.
DOUBLE: Music Master and Desert Blossom.
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