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Imperial Skylight  (GR C, May 26) [Picture]
M. R. Channon P Taplin Imperial DancerSky Light Dreams (Pedigree)Dreams To Reality [Owner Bred]

Racing Summary
29 Mar Imperial Skylight - trainer ran two in the same race last year including this one's half brother. That one won a claimer next time and was allowed to leave the stables. The previous foal has a few more runs for Channon and the owner-breeder before being claimed. By a first season sire who Channon trained and stands at his Norman Court stud. No reason on pedigree to expect other than another claimer type being got out early to try to get some sort of win for 'his' sire.
  • Trainer doesn't wind 2yos up for debut and the three to run so far have confirmed that nothing has changed. Ought to be a midfield debut in a race which wouldn't be weak enough for one of his better early debuts to sneak a win in.
  • 09 Apr Mick Channon ran the below average Alfredtheordinary in the race last year who finished in the ruck. Imperial Skylight is a different type having already had a run and showing up well in an odd race at Kempton. He set a strong pace with the winner and was easily outpaced by that runner in the straight. As the winner faded badly late on he plugged on with the closers to be involved in a 6 way photo. The close up 6th has won a poor race at Lingfield and the 4th been placed in a slightly stronger on at the same course. On the plus side he ran well at Kempton given his inexperience and behaviour in the preliminaries. He should improve to set a reasonable standard but it's an indication of the lack of a strong, all-round positive profile contender, that he sits on top of the profile. You can see him placing but instinctively think something will be a bit better.
    12 Apr While you can get a handle on the ability of many horses from a single viewing seeing them again is always useful. One of the things that makes more difference than you like to think is the context of the other horses in the race. Imperial Skylight, going back to that Kempton race, looked an ok size in that group of smaller ones but in this better field at Bath his deficiencies were more obvious to see. Just a medium size in the group and much more lightly made and narrow than a number of them. 
  • This lack of build, and therefore motive power, means he will lack pace somewhere and it showed in the race. Hs used his experience to get a comfortable spot behind the leaders and just an average pace. After his front-running at Kempton part of the day was presumably to get him to settle in the race. But when the front two and April Pride from just behind him made their later race moves he was left behind. He plugged on in fourth and this lack of an ability to up the pace seems a worry for what to do with him. Let's hope he doesn't end up all 'Shatter Resistant'. Wouldn't be a surprise to see him dropped to a claimer along the way.
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    Run Rc # Date Course Dist Gng RcCls RcTyp SP Postn [Est] [Prf] RnSty RcPc Notes Hdgr
    13Mar 29KTNA5STD4M53-93024 FOkQInxPrep, Rail FHd+1f&Hf, Hd-2f, SFdLt
    213Apr 9BATH5GGS5M2.54-102334 T4Av-2+f, -1+Hf, Outpcd-1.5, po, LckPc
    357May 5KTNA5STD4M148-101528 B10AvB-2, -6+Hf, NIR
    64May 8GDWD5G2CndNR30 .
    4443Aug 1GDWD7GF2Nur668-12-2237 .
    462Aug 3NWBY7GGF4NurNR40 .
    6553Aug 19BTON7GSG5M254-102621 .
    6594Aug 28AYR6SGS6Nur73-6-429 .
    600Aug 29CHES7GFG3NurNR .
    693Sep 12WTON6SGS5ClmNR .
    8753Sep 19WTON7.1STD5Nur148-9-25 .
    8868Oct 7CATT6GGS6Nur83-123 .
    9889Oct 9NWBY6GSS4Nur3313-13-66 .
    10965Oct 22KTNA5STD6Nur254-118 .
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    Imperial Skylight:-  Pedigree Details
    DAM Name Previous Foals and their Racing Performances Foal Years General Notes
    Sky Light Dreams 2 previous foals.
    Half to :- dam unraced
    DAM =
    • 04 SB
    • 05 S

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