Take Parnassian to return to winning ways at Windsor
KARL Burke's Parnassian can return to winning ways in the Sky Bet Royal Windsor Sprint Series Handicap at Windsor on Monday.
Since winning his first two starts last season, the son of Elzaam has faced a few stiff tasks but this looks his easiest for a while.
He ended his juvenile campaign with a very good run at Newcastle behind Kananee, who is now rated 101, and Sutter County, who sits on a mark of 108.
Reappearing at York over seven furlongs, Parnassian blatantly failed to see out the trip on soft ground, trailing home well beaten.
Back to six last time out at Pontefract, he ran a much better race when second to Golden Apollo. The winner has since gone on to follow up in a valuable three-year-old sprint at York so that form is red-hot.
While he was beaten five lengths by the upwardly mobile scorer, the handicapper has left him on the same mark and he beat the rest comfortably.
Hughie Morrison's Rumpole could defy top weight in a tight looking Sky Bet Top Price Promise Handicap.
Unraced at two, he was fourth in a good Newbury maiden won by Call To Mind on his debut.
Over the same course and distance he faces here, he then had no trouble opening his account from a subsequent winner.
Making his handicap debut off 81 at Doncaster he cut no ice, beaten over four lengths, but the ground was soft there.
Back on a quicker surface, he is taken to show his true worth.
Ralph Beckett's Maid To Remember cost 200,000 euros so it will have been a relief to all when she made a winning debut recently.
However, if one of Beckett's wins first time out, they tend to be pretty useful so she might be up to winning off 83 on her second outing in the Aptus Investment Fund Fillies' Handicap.
At Chepstow, Ed Walker appears to have found a winnable race for Dark Pearl in the Western Power Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Third behind the classy Dubai Thunder on debut at Newbury, he then bumped into an odds-on shot from the John Gosden yard last time out.
On paper this is by far his easiest task to date and he can open his account at the third time of asking.
Joe Tuite's Red Alert was rather unfortunate to be demoted after crossing the line first at Salisbury and the return to the all-weather should hold no fears in Wolverhampton's ROA/Racing Post Owners Jackpot Handicap.
CHEPSTOW: 2.00 Kiribati, 2.30 Characterized, 3.00 Dark Pearl, 3.30 Collodi, 4.00 Our Lord, 4.30 Spellmaker, 5.00 Royal Peace.
KILBEGGAN: 5.25 Monarch, 5.55 Baily Moon, 6.25 Petuna, 7.00 Kiln Rock, 7.30 Pass The Ball, 8.00 Go Forty Go, 8.30 Stonehall Jack, 9.00 Flying Home.
SOUTHWELL: 6.10 Edward Elgar, 6.40 Court King, 7.10 That's The Deal, 7.40 Forgotten Hero, 8.10 Hint Of Grey, 8.40 Fled Or Pled, 9.10 Crack Du Tay.
WINDSOR: 5.50 Keynote, 6.20 Ebtkaar, 6.50 Rumpole, 7.20 PARNASSIAN (NAP), 7.50 Maid To Remember, 8.20 Wefait, 8.50 Mercers.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.15 Viewpoint, 2.45 Red Alert, 3.15 Branscombe, 3.45 Five Star Frank, 4.15 Bogsnog, 4.45 Win Lose Draw, 5.15 Right About Now, 5.45 Rattle On.
DOUBLE: Parnassian and Maid To Remember.