Tip Of The Day: Flower power
Ian Ogg believes that Hayley Turner can continue her good start to the year by partnering Langham Lily to victory at Lingfield.
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Following yesterday's successful selection of Evergreen Forest by Will Hayler, I'm sticking with the flora and fauna theme and putting up Langham Lily in the finale at Lingfield Park.
The one mile five furlong contest is a competitive affair with the market headed by the in-form Comedy House but there are reasons for believing that Chris Wall's filly can step up on her run at Kempton.
That was her first start since her win at the end of November so she was entitled to need the outing while a wide draw ensured that she struggled to get involved.
She had shown progressive form on the all-weather at the end of last year, getting off the mark over 12 furlongs at Wolverhampton on her final start of 2012 when Wall commented that she "looks like she might want a bit further."
The Newmarket handler doesn't have many runners at this time of year and has saddled just three so far, including this filly, and the other pair finished second and third.
A look back through the years backs up the view that anything Wall runs at this time of year has to be accorded respect.
Hayley Turner is a relatively rare booking for the yard but she's been in scintillating form since she returned to action, boasting a level stakes profit in 2013 and a 25% strike rate at Lingfield.
The decision to book her with 'regular' pilot Seb Sanders seemingly preferring Linkable (who has been backed on more than one occasion and races from a tumbling handicap mark) for Brendan Powell, for whom he's been riding regularly, has to be viewed as a positive.
There has been early support for this filly since the market opened yesterday evening but there is still some mileage in the price which has settled at around the 11/2 mark.