Richard Kingscote could be man to watch on first day of Eastern Festival of Racing at Great Yarmouth
PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 September 2018
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Richard Kingscote is an infrequent visitor to Great Yarmouth but the Cheshire-based jockey could be the one to follow on the opening day of the three-day Eastern Festival of Racing this afternoon.
While the highlight of the fixture is the £50,000 John Musker Stakes tomorrow, day one sees some top-class action with the heavily tattooed Kingscote having a favourable looking full book of seven rides.
Feature race is the class two 2.50pm 11-furlong Dan Hague, Yarmouth’s Number One Bookmaker Handicap worth £15,000 to the winner in which Kingscote partners the Sir Michael Stoute trained grey Frankel colt Hamlul.
Third of eight at Goodwood at the end of August, Hamlul had won at Beverley earlier that month and should by vying for favouritism with Great Beyond. That Roger Charlton trained colt, with Jimmy Quinn booked to ride, looks to follow up a Wolverhampton victory.
Another with a chance is Protected Guest for trainer George Margarson while James Fanshawe sends out Doncaster winner Bombyx under Daniel Muscutt.
The day’s action starts with a four-runner nursery over a mile at 1.50pm in which Kingscote is on the Mark Johnston trained favourite Massam, the colt a winner recently on Newcastle’s all-weather surface.
Kingscote rides Stoute’s debutant colt Mubakker, out of Scat Daddy, in the 2.20pm novice stakes although the two with race experience, Excelled and Swindler look decent prospects. Excelled won over course and distance in August while Swindler was runner-up on debut for Ed Walker at Windsor. William Buick rides.
Thirsk winner Albert Boy is Kingscote’s partner for Scott Dixon in the 3.20pm 13-runner handicap in which Long Call is well fancied under Oisin Murphy for Tony Carroll after a Leicester win last week.
The 3.50pm six-furlong sprint handicap sees Jane Chappell-Hyam send out Chelmsford runner-up Just Us Two under Danny Brock while the 4.20pm six-furlong novice stakes could go to Murphy on board Ralph Beckett’s Poyle George Two.
The 4.50pm finale may wrap up a fine day for Kingscote on Stuart Williams’ Wiff Waff, a winner at the east coast course in August.
Main dangers are War Whisper under Murphy for Paul Midgley, the gelding a summer winner at Perth and Carlisle, and Queen of Desire, twice a Bath winner in the summer, for trainer Roger Varian.