Snapper looks dapper
Will Hayler picks out a best bet, a longshot, a horse in focus and a daily special to consider ahead of today's action.
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A British Horseracing Authority mark of 74 reflects the fact that Whipper Snapper sets only a fair standard in the opening contest at Kempton, but a repeat of his most recent run over six furlongs at Lingfield should nevertheless be good enough against this opposition. His greatest threats here are posed by newcomers from stables whose first-time-out two-year-old winners are usually few and far between and those with previous racecourse experience in the line-up all look ordinary. With a fair draw in stall seven and the prospect that he might have come on for his most recent run, his first for nearly four months and since being gelded, Whipper Snapper has too much in his favour to overlook.
A high-class bumper performer, Big Time Billy never managed replicate that level of form over hurdles and was switched to join Mike Hammond's stable at the start of this year. However that move didn't really work out either as he failed to find the expected improvement once stepped up in trip and into handicap company, producing only a couple of fair efforts on his final two starts. But this is Big Time Billy's first start since returning back to former trainer Peter Bowen and it would be no surprise at all to see him return to form.
Jamie Spencer has had a decent run at the all-weather jockeys' title before and might be tempted at another crack this season. It's interesting to see him riding at Lingfield rather than Kempton, where a couple of stables who often support him have runners. Roy The Boy looks to have a particularly solid winning chance in the 2.30 contest after a good run in a very competitive event last time and Spencer has two decent opportuntities to complete the double aboard Ilsa Lund (12.00) and Landesherr (1.30).