Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fire Will Light Up Stakes at Market

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fire Will Light Up Stakes at Market

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FIREBEAM can dent the reputation of the muchdiscussed Hoof It in the John Sunley Memorial Criterion Stakes at Newmarket.

Hoof It, jointly owned by golfer, Lee Westwood, will be in the thoughts of most punters ahead of this Group Three over seven furlongs.

And while he has the Groupplaced form in which to just about back up the hype, the fact remains he has not yet struck in Pattern company.

He was also forced to swerve Royal Ascot due to a setback, which might suggest this race was something of an afterthought as he steps back up to this trip for the first time since September 2010 To that end, a fighting chance can be given to Firebeam, who is a year younger than Hoof It, but has raced just eight times.

The William Haggastrained four-year-old is in his element over seven furlongs - especially when the ground is testing - as demonstrated by a carefree victory at Haydock last September.

At the prices, it would arguably appear more logical to invest in Firebeam than Hoof It. …

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