Andrew Asquith outlines the Timeform view on the action at Wolverhampton on Thursday evening.
Lindwall looked an archetypal juvenile for Sir Mark Prescott last season, showing next to nothing in novice company over trips short of what he is bred for and the type that would progress significantly once moving into handicaps.
However, he was very easy to back and showed next to nothing on handicap debut at Salisbury on return in May, not showing the benefit of a breathing and gelding operation over the winter.
Something was seemingly amiss with him that day, though, as he didn't run again for another four months, and was much improved when winning with a fair bit in hand at Lingfield 12 days ago. His strength at the finish was notable on his first start at 13 furlongs and the emphasis even more on stamina here will undoubtedly bring about further improvement.
Up against mostly exposed rivals now, it is surprising that Lindwall isn't an even shorter-priced favourite, easily the most progressive horse in this field, who holds an entry at Bath on Monday, and could be ready to rack up a sequence.
The manner in which Giuseppe Cassioli won a course-and-distance handicap on just his second start for this yard last month remains fresh in the memory and he has run just as well in defeat at Kempton in two starts since.
He did well to finish as close as he did on his latest start, too, having been shuffled back in the field on the home turn, but kept on well in the straight to be beaten a neck in third by a progressive winner and a very consistent runner-up.
That form looks solid for the grade and Giuseppe Cassioli remains a handicapper to be positive about from a 1 lb higher mark. The return to this extended mile seems sure to suit and it is no surprise that he has been well backed overnight given the nature of his win here last time.
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