Lingfield Selling Stakes 6f
- (4yo+, 6f, Class 6, 4 runners)
- Winner £2,045 2nd £604 3rd £302
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 12.45s
- Off time: 13:15:29
Dark Lane 17
|7||132 9-6||P D Evans||Graham Gibbons||70||4/7f|
Athaakeel (IRE) 18
|7||127 9-1 b||R Harris||L Morris||49||16/1|
Homeboy (IRE) 2
|5||132 9-6||M P Tregoning||Hayley Turner||63||6/4|
Prophet In A Dream 8
|5||126 9-0 p||P Butler||R Winston||42||66/1|
||8||p||J A Osborne||Non Runner||76||NR|
Irish Heartbeat was long odds-on over 7f here on Tuesday but was last of five behind Homeboy, beaten more than four lengths. You could argue that he has every chance of reversing the form with the winner on 6lb better terms but he's proving very hard to win with. David Evans has his string in good order so we'll stick with DARK LANE, who won a claimer at Kempton earlier this month. Both the second and fourth have franked the form this week. Athaakeel won a Wolverhampton handicap last time but faces a stiff task at the weights here.
Irish Heartbeat (IRE) 2-5fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, effort on inside over 1f out, soon one pace, last of 5, 4 1/2l behind Homeboy (9-0) at Lingfield 7f sell stks (6) pol.
Homeboy (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders, shaken up to challenge entering final furlong, ran on to lead last strides, won at Lingfield 7f sell stks (6) pol beating Abhaath (9-0) by hd, 5 ran.
Dark Lane 9-4 (8-9) Tracked leading trio, effort on inside 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well final furlong, held on, won at Kempton 6f clm stks 0-75 (6) pol beating Dixie Gwalia (8-3) by nk, 6 ran.
Athaakeel (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Soon behind and outpaced, headway under pressure over 1f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Putin (8-13) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Prophet In A Dream 66-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, no real progress when hampered and switched right inside final 2f, plugged on inside final furlong but never on terms, 9th of 13, 6l behind Commercial (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol.