Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flighty Fellow Can Take His Revenge

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flighty Fellow Can Take His Revenge

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Byline: By Doug Moscrip

For the past two years, Tim Easterby has managed to win a couple of races each season with Flighty Fellow and, if the trend continues, he can maintain that strike rate at York today.

With a Beverley victory to his credit back in May, he has been hinting recently that a second success can come his way before the campaign is over as he goes for the pounds 20,000 betfair.com Handicap with decent claims.

On St Leger day at Doncaster, he was fourth to Calcutta in a blanket finish after finishing third in the corresponding event last year.

That was a contest the winner had already made his own with two previous successes, but Flighty Fellow has every chance of getting his revenge at the revised weights.

More recently, at Ascot, he was putting in some good late work when third to Welcome Stranger and now meets that penalised rival on 6lb better terms which again, on the book, should see him turn the tables.

My main concern is that a mile seems to be the bare minimum for Flighty Fellow nowadays, especially on a front-runners track like York, though he was only beaten half a length by Calcutta in this race 12 months ago and is 3lb better off.

I spent a while pondering over whether to tip Mystic Man. He needs everything to fall into place and the Ayr Silver Cup didn't work out that way for him. He did post a solid effort, however, on his last visit to the Knavesmire in September when beaten a couple of necks by Partners In Jazz and Marsaad over six furlongs. But his trainer Kevin Ryan is in no doubt that he needs further.

"Six furlongs is not really his ideal trip. Seven furlongs or a mile is what he wants," says Ryan. "He won the Newbury Spring Cup last year and, though he hasn't carried much luck this time round, he didn't come to hand this spring and we gave him a break. …

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