Bank on Brockle

  • By: Ashley Iveson
  • Last Updated: December 31 2012, 6:48 GMT

Ashley Iveson fancies Brocklebank to make a winning start for new connections at Lingfield this afternoon.

Lingfield stages an eight-race card

LINGFIELD: 12.00 Mount Abora, 12.30 Club House, 1.00 Liliana, 1.30 Commanche, 2.00 Welsh Inlet, 2.30 BROCKLEBANK (NAP), 3.00 Novabridge, 3.30 Storm Runner.

PUNCHESTOWN: 12.35 Vesper Bell, 1.05 Any Bets, 1.35 Bog Warrior, 2.05 Hartside, 2.35 Canaly, 3.05 Billybuster, 3.35 Shake The Tree.

TRAMORE: 12.45 Mollydod, 1.15 Moveable Asset, 1.45 Moyas Charm, 2.15 Rating Queen, 2.45 Chance A Grand, 3.15 Ponmeword, 3.45 Waylander.

UTTOXETER: 12.40 Bright Abbey, 1.10 Jeanry, 1.40 Salut Honore, 2.10 King's Sunset, 2.40 Chestnut Ben, 3.10 Bally Sands, 3.40 Horizontal Speed.

DOUBLE: Liliana and Brocklebank.

With a couple of confidence-boosting victories in a lesser grade under his belt, Brocklebank is fancied to make a winning start for new connections in the 32Red Handicap at Lingfield.

The three-year-old was held in high regard by Kevin Ryan as a juvenile and after an impressive maiden success at York, he was thrown into the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He had his limitations exposed in one of the hottest two-year-old races in the calendar and the experience appeared to set him back somewhat, as he took a while to rediscover any sort of form.

However, he has fared better towards the end of this year, winning a couple of claimers at this track, most recently beating a clutch of higher rated rivals.

That victory prompted Simon Dow to snap him up for £10,000 and that could yet prove money well spent.

He clearly has to step up his game back in handicap company, but there is every chance he can now he has remembered how to win.

Earlier in the day, Liliana ought to make it third-time lucky in the 32Red Supporting British Racing Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

The daughter of Haatef could be spotted making good late headway when fourth on her Wolverhampton debut in mid-November and she was unsurprisingly a leading contender on her return to Dunstall Park a month later.

This time ridden more positively, the youngster travelled kindly and was just run out of it in the closing stages by Magika, beaten half a length into second.

Liliana comes back a couple of furlongs for her next appearance, which could be in her favour judged on the way she glided through the majority of her last race, and will be very difficult to beat.

Storm Runner looks to have every chance of claiming his fourth course win in the concluding Handicap.

George Margarson's four-year-old has a pretty consistent profile overall, finishing in the first three on 11 of his 30 career starts and he has finished off 2012 by winning two of his last four.

He won with something to spare here a few days ago and it is no surprise to see him make a swift reappearance under a penalty.

Chestnut Ben merits the utmost respect as he makes his first start of the National Hunt season at Uttoxeter.

The Gary Brown-trained seven-year-old won two of his last three starts last term, signing off with a smart victory at Huntingdon.

He is likely to appreciate further than this two miles in time, but connections are right to start him off over the minimum distance given the extremely testing conditions in prospect for the Bulmers No. 17 Handicap Chase.

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