Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Be Prepared for Lightening Strike; RACING PREVIEW

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Be Prepared for Lightening Strike; RACING PREVIEW

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A REPEAT of Crying Lightening's sixth in the Albany Stakes at Ascot should be good enough to see her home in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Star Stakes (3.20) at Sandown Peter Chapple-Hyam's charge certainly showed plenty of progression from her debut victory at Leicester in June as she stayed on well to take second in the far side group at the Royal meeting.

She just over four lengths behind the hugely-impressive winner Memory, with that filly looking a real star in her subsequent bloodless Group Two victory at Newmarket.

Martin Dwyer again takes the ride aboard Crying Lightening here and the Sandown hill should help her to pull clear of a relatively unexposed field.

Nationalism should prevail in the Betfair Maiden Stakes (4.30) later on the same card.

The John Gosden-trained colt was only beaten a nose on his racecourse bow and he was not far off the pace again when second at Newmarket last time.

He briefly led inside the final furlong only for Cotton Mill to sweep through and steal a halflength verdict at the line.

Gosden has opted to switch down to a mile here and with fast conditions in his favour, Nationalism can make it third time lucky.

The Thrill Is Gone can be rewarded for some good performances in better company with victory in the EBF Novice Stakes (2.20) at Bath.

Mick Channon's Bahamian Bounty filly has only been out of the frame once this season and showed good pace to take second last time out in Listed company.

That race should stand her in good stead with nothing of that class lining up here and seemingly plenty more to come.

Gertmegalush can land his first victory this term in the Keepmoat 'Delivering Community Regeneration' Handicap (7.55) at Doncaster.

His recent third at Pontefract served notice that he is beginning to return to form and he is now down to a winnable mark of 75 after hitting a rating in the low 80s last year.

Trainer John Harris has opted to take a further 5lb off through useful apprentice Lee Topliss and Gertmegalush can use that concession to full advantage. …

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