Time for a Lager at Lingfield
Sky Bet's Andrew Wootton brings us the latest news from the firm's trading room with gambles at Lingfield and Ayr.
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With many people having over-indulged somewhat over the festive period, you'd think that Lager Time would be one of the furthest thoughts from peoples' minds but the David Evans-trained three-year-old of that name has been one of the best-backed horses of the morning. Having had the three runs so far, he races in handicaps for the first time off a lowly mark of just 51 which shows how much ability he has shown so far, but it would be no surprise to see him improve for these events in what looks a poor race.
Mark Johnston's lightly raced four-year-old has been very well supported to come good after a 476-day absence from the track since his third start as a two-year-old. He was a winner on debut as a juvenile and then had a crack at the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket but proved not up to that level. However, he lines up here off a mark of just 75 and, with the stables recent runners in good form, he could be a well handicapped horse and could defy the long absence.
Following Jim Goldie's runners over jumps at Ayr has proved a profitable angle in the past, so it is no surprise to see one of his backed here. Bene Lad is twice a winner at Ayr over today's distance on soft ground and drops to class five company for the first time since taking this race two years ago. His handicap mark has dropped to 97 after some recent poor runs but he has conditions in favour should he return to form today.