Resident tipster Man On The Spot looks ahead to each race at Lingfield on Saturday evening, including a Nap selection.
Bungledupinblue failed to show any progress at Sandown when second of only three runners and Emirati Dirham didn’t find much improvement at Doncaster last time. But CLIFFCAKE took a step forward with a much better effort at Newmarket last week and the Hannon colt looks to be going the right way. Different Face finished second of four runners at Yarmouth on her debut and makes more appeal than Identified of the remainder.
WINE FLIGHT won as she liked at Leicester a fortnight ago and an apprentice’s allowance negates today’s penalty. She drops down in trip but looks to have little to fear from today’s moderate opposition in a weak contest. One Above, Ginniano and Irish Tweed were all well beaten last time so Hi Way won’t need to be anything special to get involved on her racecourse debut.
Sword Exceed was well beaten on his reappearance having scored over track and trip back in January while Rewaayat won on the Turf track here last summer and remains 6lb higher. Griggy looks high enough in the weights now having won twice earlier in the year but Zac Brown is back on a winning mark and can figure returning to today’s 6f trip. But TABAAHY can usually be relied on to run his race having won three times already this year and he gets another chance with Oisin Murphy taking over the reins.
Envisaging returns to action 8lb higher than when winning at Yarmouth last year and the less exposed HEALING POWER (NAP) is preferred. The latter won a couple of novice races last term including over track and trip and should improve for a recent handicap debut in a higher grade than this at Chelmsford. Baby Steps and Eljaddaaf are regularly in the mix without winning and the latter finished ahead of Fighting Temeraire back in March while improvement is expected from Clockers Corner fitted with headgear on his second outing for Archie Watson’s yard.
Dancing Rave may do better back on the all-weather though has done all his winning so far over shorter trips while Voltaic’s earlier victory came in a claiming race over 6f. The latter has placed over track and trip since but VENTURA GOLD was less than a length behind on that occasion and having won off higher marks last year, Steve Collings’ charge may prove the one to side with. Juanito Chico has a shout with an apprentice taking 7lb off his back while Apex King has a poor strike rate on the all-weather and has switched yards.
A couple stand out on latest running with last week’s runner-up Le Reveur expected to figure again over this extra furlong. But BERKSHIRE PHILLY was beaten only a neck over course and distance on her return to action and Andrew Balding’s filly looks capable of scoring off her current mark on that evidence. Dakota Moon and Libretti may both improve now handicapping while Elpheba has placed over shorter trips on several occasions and should stay this far.
AWESOME DUDE has improved for being gelded and a switch of trainers. He won by a wide-margin under Oisin Murphy at Kempton earlier in the week and will likely be raised by more than today’s 5lb penalty in the future. Pioneering has gone up a further 3lb for finishing runner-up at Chelmsford while Noble Account is usually thereabouts but is still searching for a first success. Subliminal is not badly treated if back to his best and preferred to both Music Major and Red Gunner.
Helian ended last year with a victory over 1m2f here and is 4lb higher on his reappearance. SHIFTING GOLD finished behind the latter on that occasion but won over today’s longer trip either side of that and Bill Knight’s filly is taken to reverse running despite the worse terms. Noble Fox notched-up a frustrating run of placed efforts early in the year and will likely be in the mix once again while Nafaayes was placed over 1m5f earlier in the month but was due to run on the Turf track here yesterday.
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