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It's looking bright' for Al Bandar

AL BANDAR sets the standard in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Brighton.

The Richard Hannon trained youngster has caught a couple of good ones on his last two starts, most recently Salateen at Chester.

While ultimately well beaten, he did his best to stick with the winner until it became too much but given Salateen looks holds some smart engagements that was no disgrace.

Previously he had given Charlie Appleby's Pasticcio a real fright at Lingfield, and it is likely that repeat of either of those runs will see him hard to beat in an ordinary event.

Stonecrabstomorrow could be ready to gain a fifth Brighton success in the Mears Peter Bennion-Jones Memorial Handicap.

The old boy simply loves the sea air and ran much better here last time out than his sixth placing would suggest, as he came home as well as anything having had too much to do.

It is getting on for two years since he last got his head in front but he is now handicapped accordingly.

This Is The Day turned in a better effort when last seen and can hopefully carry that forward into the Mears Serving Our Community Handicap.

The Footstepsinthesand filly will be going over the longest trip she has faced to date, but shapes as though she might get it and up-and-coming trainer Charlie Fellowes has his horses running really well.

Cape Karli looks the one to be with in the Conferences At Great Yarmouth Racecourse Maiden Handicap at Yarmouth.

By its very nature, this is not a race to get too heavily involved in but there was some promise in this filly's first start for Kevin Ryan at Ripon recently, where she was a staying-on fourth.

That was probably her best run to date and if Ryan has found further improvement still then this is there for the taking.

Jamie Spencer-ridden stablemate Keep To The Beat promises to be the main danger.

Ryan has claims to a double with Spencer on Red Paladin in the Weddings At Great Yarmouth Racecourse Handicap.

The four-year-old ran his race when just beaten by Bold Lass from the red-hot David Lanigan yard and fourth home Pearl Nation has given the form a winning boost.

The sun shining would only help his chance as he is definitely best on a sound surface.

Normanna makes her three-year-old debut and has been found an excellent opportunity to get off the mark in the Family Funday At Great Yarmouth Racecourse Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Marco Botti's filly was third on her sole juvenile outing in December over seven furlongs, where she looked like this trip of six furlongs might be more her thing.

An improved performance can be expected from Clampdown as he steps out of maidens following three runs to contest the Bulmers Cider Nursery Handicap at Leicester.

It is encouraging to see James Tate has again engaged the services of Kieren Fallon, for whom the youngster was third in what has turned out to be a reasonable race at Nottingham in June.

There is every chance of a Tate-Fallon double as Law Keeper is going the right way and did everything right when making all at Carlisle. She should make it two wins from three starts in the Foster's Super Chilled Handicap.

The Strongbow Bitter Sweet Classic Handicap appears to be a match between Shingle and Ridge Ranger, with preference just for the latter.

Both horses impressed with comfortable victories first time out, but the Eric Alston-trained selection is in receipt of the fillies' allowance and is bred to be quite decent. She looks a fair prospect.

Best Boy Barney has been a revelation in the first half of this year and there might just be enough scope in his mark left to eke out another win in the Under Startin Orders Novices' Handicap Chase at Worcester.


BRIGHTON: 2.15 Lady Zodiac, 2.45 Stonecrabstomorrow, 3.15 AL BANDAR (NAP), 3.45 Mambo Rhythm, 4.15 This Is The Day, 4.45 Rapunzal, 5.15 Hawk Moth.

LEICESTER: 5.00 Marigot Bay, 5.30 Clampdown, 6.00 Ridge Ranger, 6.30 Law Keeper, 7.00 Express Himself, 7.30 Shades Of Silver, 8.00 Caledonia Laird.

SLIGO: 5.20 Newton Bomb, 5.50 Unravelled, 6.20 Shemshal, 6.50 Keyboard Melody, 7.20 Hurry Kitty, 7.50 The Two Jays, 8.20 If Not For You.

WORCESTER: 5.10 Best Boy Barney, 5.40 Ballygrooby Bertie, 6.10 Old Pals Act, 6.40 Barrison, 7.10 On Tour, 7.40 Celesta, 8.10 Jawahal Du Mathan.

YARMOUTH: 2.00 Normanna, 2.30 Great Wave, 3.00 Ela Goog La Mou, 3.30 Cape Karli, 4.00 Sleepy Blue Ocean, 4.30 Red Paladin, 5.05 Jonnie Skull.

DOUBLE: Al Bandar and Stonecrabstomorrow.