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Goodwood Preview: Warrior Of Light set to shine

| 13.06.2014

Warrior Of Light disappointed last time out but looks capable of bouncing back in the 1m 2f handicap at Goodwood this evening (7.25).

The David Lanigan colt looked a smart prospect when easily landing a mile maiden at Kempton on his second start last November.

Although the eventual winning margin was only a length, that does not tell the whole story as the son of High Chaparral scored with tons in hand.

After racing close-up with the pace, Warrior Light was ridden to lead at the furlong marker and then quickened clear to put the race to bed and win readily.

It was an effort which suggested Warrior Of Light needing keeping onside, and the three-year-old confirmed that impression in no uncertain manner on seasonal reappearance when runner-up to Devilment at Kempton under a tender ride.

The pair pulled 4 1/2 lengths clear of the 88-rated Moontime to give the form a solid look, and it was a run which suggested Warrior Of Light was was ahead of his handicap mark.

Although unable to back up that effort when only fifth at Sandown last time out, the soft ground seemed against Warrior Of Light and he looks well worth another chance to confirm earlier promise now back on a quicker surface.

If all goes to plan, Lanigan has claims of landing a quick-fire double with Placidia in the 1m 4f handicap (8.00).

The filly chased home a progressive type when runner-up to Insaany on her return to action at Nottingam,before easily landing a 1m 2f maiden at Lingfield last time out.

The daughter of Sea The Stars showed a good turn of foot to quicken clear a furlong from home and win with more in hand than the 2 1/2 length winning margin suggests, and the further step up in trip to 1m 4f could well bring about even more improvement.

Souville ran a stormer to finish runner-up last time out and looks to hold excellent claims of going one better in the 6f handicap that closes tha card (9.05).

The Chris wall trained filly has shown improved form since going handicapping, and only failed by fast diminishing neck to overhaul Captain Myles on her return to action in a 15-runner context at Nottingham last month.

The daughter Dalakhani looked in need of the run that day, and although now 4lb higher in the weights looks the type who is on an upward curve and has more to offer.

6.15: Good Authority
6.50: The Dapper Tapper
7.25: Warrior Of Light (NAP)
8.00: Placidia (NB)
8.35: Dreaming Beauty
9.05: Souville



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.