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Beacon set to shine in Molcomb Stakes

| 29.07.2014

The progressive Beacon can take the step up into Group 3 company in his stride in the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood today (2.30).

The Richard Hannon trained colt could finish only fourth on debut at Doncaster when sent off the even money favourite, but the soft ground was against him that day and the son of Paco Boy has since gone on to land three contests in the style of a very smart juvenile.

Beacon was particulary impressive in the last of those at Sandown, showing a smart turn of foot to score easing down by four lengths from Mukhmal.

There is no reason why he should confirm the placings with the runner-up, and the fourth home Union Rose, and Beacon looks a worthy favourite to complete the four-timer in the hands of champion jockey Richard Hughes.
The biggest threat to Beacon on form is the Charlie Hills trained Cotai Glory.

The son of Exceed And Excel ran very well on just his second start when a fast-finishing sixth to Hootenanny in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, before easily winning a maiden at Bath by 3 3/4 lengths.

Coati Glory then put in a fine effort to chase home the smart Limato in a Listed contest at Newbury, and looks well worth a crack at this level judged on that run.

Another who should not be underestimated is the Kevin Ryan trained Fast Act.

The colt has only had three starts, and after scoring on the second of those at Carlisle ran very well to finish third of 24 to Tiggy Wiggy in the Super Sprint at Newbury.

That is decent form, and it would be no suprise to see Fast Act go well at a decent price on a track which may well play to his strengths.



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.