Don't burn your fingers on Steak
Ian Ogg picks out a best bet, a longshot and a horse in focus to consider ahead of today's action.
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Jonjo O'Neill's Minella For Steak is hot favourite to follow up his Folkestone win but runner-up Old Dreams was pulled up on Boxing Day and with the form questionable he looks worth taking on. The one that appeals most among his rivals is Tim Vaughan's Bucking The Trend who won well at Stratford before finding a class 2 at Ascot too hot last time. Back down in grade he can go well on ground that posed no problems for him at Stratford, with his proven stamina a valuable asset against Seedsman who could be a doubtful stayer.
The closing seven furlong handicap at Lingfield is a typically competitive 0-65 affair and the type of contest in which Buxton has often performed with credit throughout his 85 race career.
The last of his eight wins came in February from a mark of 56 but he's been running creditably enough since to believe that his current perch of 59 shouldn't be beyond him.
This hold-up performer needs the breaks but there appears to be a reasonable amount of pace in this line-up which should assist and he looks in good enough form to outrun his odds if the gaps do appear.
Away from the star names on a stunning card at Leopardstown, it will be fascinating to see how the well-backed Foxrock gets on in the opening Madigans Maiden Hurdle.
The winner of his only start between the flags at Loughrea, that form received a timely boost on Boxing Day when the six length fourth, Pumbaa, won his bumper at Limerick by four lengths.
He was entered up for a Listed race earlier in the month so has presumably been showing his in-form yard plenty at home