Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Twilight of the Bookies; I'm with Team Candy at Ascot Sacrificial Has the Rite Stuff for Balmoral

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Twilight of the Bookies; I'm with Team Candy at Ascot Sacrificial Has the Rite Stuff for Balmoral

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Byline: Garry Owen

TRUST the unbeaten Twilight Son to put the cream of Europe's speedsters in the shade on Ascot's Champions' Day card.

A typical improver for sprint king Henry Candy, the colt went into quite a few notebooks last year after cosy wins at Salisbury and Thirsk.

However, he took his form to a whole new level at three, cruising to victory at HQ in May before showing some very useful types no mercy in York's Charity Sprint. The son of Kyllachy then vindicated shrewdie Candy's decision to step him up to Group 1 level with a brave success over Strath Burn in the Haydock Sprint Cup.

TWILIGHT SON (1.20) was value for far more than a short head that day and still looks open to a vast amount of progress after just five starts. He won't TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE mind a wee bit of cut in the ground and can scorch to victory on the hallowed Berkshire turf from a prime draw in Stall 20.

Chris Richardson, managing director of co-owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: "We still don't know how good he is, with him being unbeaten.

"Henry has been very happy with him since Haydock and all we can hope is that he gets there in similar form. It's a competitive race but so was Haydock.

"He has a huge amount of ability and we hope he shows it once more."

I spy a bit of value with AGENT MURPHY (12.45) in the Qipco Long Distance Cup.

Brian Meehan's colt looked a stayer going places when hacking up in the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury before beating all bar the brilliant Order Of St George in the Irish Leger.

He was doing all his best work late over 1m6f on the stiff Curragh track that day and should relish the step up to two miles against some exposed rivals.

The Fillies And Mares Stakes looks pretty trappy but I'm rowing in with France's rising star CANDARLIYA (1.55).

Upwardly mobile for Alain Du Royer Dupre, the three-year-old ran a blinder behind the mighty Treve in the Vermeille at Longchamp before romping to victory back at the Paris gaff.

Those efforts should have set her up nicely for today and she can spark yet another flamboyant celebration at Ascot from that man Soumillon. …

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