Racing: Friday preview

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Lungarno Palace looks a value call in the George Rogers Mobile Catering Handicap at Newmarket.

John Gallagher’s three-year-old is likely to be available at decent odds in a field which features a clutch of in-form rivals.

But the son of Henrythenavigator really ought to again run with honour following a solid show at York on October 11.

Lungarno Palace has never really put his best foot forward on a rain-softened track, so his two-length fourth behind Open Eagle on the Knavesmire perhaps deserves to be upgraded.

Before that, he also shone at Newmarket over a mile and a quarter when he defeated Swanwick Shore by a neck in June, when trained by Marco Botti.

With conditions likely to remain fairly brisk for this time of the year, Gallagher rightly deserves to have high hopes of a big show.

That he was entered in a Listed race a day later is also an indicator of his worth.

Mister Pagan is entitled to improve for a pleasing reintroduction at York when he runs in the Routemaster Bus Bar And Shardlow Brewing Handicap.

Despite having been off the track since September 2013, Keith Dalgleish’s stayer galloped strongly towards the line to take third place in a two-and-a-quarter-mile handicap in North Yorkshire.

The six-year-old may end up back over hurdles this winter, but he has only gone up 1lb on the Flat for that encouraging effort and will be unfazed by a slight drop back in trip.

He also goes well when the ground is in decent nick, which appears a likely scenario.

Tableforten should get a lot closer than when last sighted at Wolverhampton upon his return to Dunstall Park for the Coral Handicap.

Stan Moore’s three-year-old son of Pastoral Pursuits was sent off a 40-1 chance in a seven-furlong handicap, in which he was admittedly soundly beaten. But he finished the race promisingly to take fourth and is really well handicapped if last summer’s form is factored into the equation.

* Selections -

DOWN ROYAL: 1.05 Couleur France, 1.35 Jumptoconclusions, 2.05 Ask Vic, 2.40 Tiger Roll, 3.15 Wounded Warrior, 3.50 Pires, 4.20 Black Zambezi.

DUNDALK: 6.10 Mc Diamond, 6.40 Bubbly Bellini, 7.10 Amazing Star, 7.40 Slipper Orchid, 8.10 Merry Mast, 8.40 Stynes, 9.10 Carrie Bow Cay.

NEWMARKET: 12.30 New Strategy, 1.00 Crown Command, 1.30 LUNGARNO PALACE (NAP), 2.00 Terror, 2.35 Red Pike, 3.10 Headline News, 3.45 Mister Pagan, 4.15 Ocean Applause.

UTTOXETER: 12.50 Flintham, 1.20 Minnie Milan, 1.50 Nebula Storm, 2.25 Pair Of Jacks, 3.00 Jackies Solitaire, 3.35 Solstice Son, 4.10 I’m A Joker.

WETHERBY: 1.10 Jack Frost, 1.40 Skyfire, 2.15 Many Clouds, 2.50 Top Notch, 3.25 Big Sound, 4.00 The Backup Plan.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.25 Tahaf, 4.55 Reggie Bond, 5.25 Tableforten, 5.55 Lightscameraction, 6.25 Dark Days, 6.55 Unnoticed, 7.25 Algaith, 7.55 Zman Awal.

DOUBLE: Lungarno Palace and Mister Pagan.