Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It'll Pay Punters to Reach for the Sky; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It'll Pay Punters to Reach for the Sky; Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

TOTO SKYLLACHY has quickly found his feet since joining David O'Meara's team and he can continue the good work with another victory at Ripon.

The seven-year-old has certainly done the rounds since starting his career with Tom Tate, and O'Meara became his fifth handler earlier this year.

Toto Skyllachy did Ollie Pears proud last term but seemed to lose his way a bit after winning at Beverley last July.

A change of scenery seems to have worked wonders, though, as after finishing an initial sixth for O'Meara at Ripon in late April, he has since won and finished second back at Beverley.

The Kyllachy gelding defeated Carragold on the first occasion, but it was no surprise to see that rival reverse the form when vastly favoured in the weights.

Beaten just under four lengths that day, Toto Skyllachy ran up to his best and, left on a mark of 86, he can continue to make hay in the Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap (3.40).

Eastern Destiny made an eyecatching handicap bow when second recently and she can step up on that in the Weatherbys Bank Handicap (3.10).

A winner of one of her two juvenile starts, Eastern Destiny looked to be well treated on an initial perch of 70.

That opinion was justified as she was beaten just over a length when looking a touch inexperienced.

She should improve for the outing and raised 2lb, Richard Fahey's charge still looks to have a little in hand on the handicapper.

Dark Falcon looked in need of the run first time up, so he should strip much fitter for the Betfred Bonus King Bingo Handicap (4.20) at Lingfield.

James Tate's charge took a while to get the hang of things as a twoyear-old, but opened his account at the third attempt at Southwell just before Christmas.

Off the track since then, Dark Falcon looked a bit ring-rusty when a well-beaten fourth at Thirsk earlier this month, just fading out of it in the final furlong.

Pulverize has been the subject of some promising gallops reports and he can kickstart his season in the first division of the Follow Us On Twitter@LingfieldPark Maiden Stakes (4. …

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