Racing: Wednesday preview

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Best Of Times still holds a Group One entry at the end of the month and if he is to live up to those kind of expectations, he really should be winning the Booker Wholesale British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes at Salisbury.

Hailing from the family of St Leger winner Nedawi, Best Of Times is bred to stay but there was still plenty of confidence about him ahead of his Newmarket debut in July.

However, he could finish only sixth behind Lexington Times, although the form has worked out incredibly well with the first and third subsequently placed in Pattern company, while of the 11 runners that day, only one is still a maiden.

Best Of Times duly broke his only duck at Goodwood in August, thriving for a the step up to a mile to win in fine style by three lengths with a couple of wins coming from those that finished in behind.

Best Of Times clearly has to improve if he is to realise Godolphin’s lofty ambitions, but he is the pick in this four-runner event.

Elysian Flyer bids to make it three wins in as many starts in the Bathwick Tyres Conditions Stakes.

He impressed when scoring on his debut at Ffos Las in August, with Richard Hannon clearly having put in plenty of work as the Majestic Missile colt displayed a very professional attitude in winning by two and three-quarter lengths.

Stepped up to a novice event on his second start, Elysian Flyer again caught the eye as he pulled just over two lengths clear with the minimum of fuss from three previous and subsequent winners.

This six-furlong event looks the next logical step, although the presence of Astrophysics in the three-runner event makes it a far from easy task.

Excellent Puck can make amends for a luckless recent run with victory in the Jockey Club Grassroots Middle Distance Series Final at Nottingham.

SELECTIONS:

KEMPTON: 5.45 First Rebellion, 6.15 Francisco, 6.45 My Reward, 7.15 Bravo Zolo, 7.45 Rosie Probert, 8.15 Sweeping Rock, 8.45 Celestial Knight, 9.15 Eager To Bow.

NEWCASTLE: 2.00 Mezajy, 2.30 Dagher, 3.00 Bleu Astral, 3.35 Direct Times, 4.10 Breakable, 4.40 Moscato, 5.10 Venutius, 5.40 Mossy Marie.

NOTTINGHAM: 2.10 Just Us Two, 2.40 Chapel Choir, 3.10 Our Kylie, 3.45 Excellent Puck, 4.20 Faure Island, 4.50 Guishan, 5.20 Tweety Pie.

SALISBURY: 1.45 Kisumu, 2.20 Subcontinent, 2.50 BEST OF TIMES (NAP), 3.20 Rome, 3.55 Alex Vino, 4.30 Elysian Flyer, 5.00 Panther Patrol, 5.30 Air Squadron.

SLIGO: 2.45 Definite Ruby, 3.15 Old Castletown, 3.50 Sizing Solution, 4.25 Theatre Mill, 4.55 On My Own, 5.25 Un Beau Roman, 5.55 Take A Shot.

DOUBLE: Best Of Times and Bravo Zolo.