Andrew Asquith is in the hotseat for Wednesday and he has a tip for every meeting, with his Nap running at Ffos Las.
RIKONA is now starting out for another new trainer after just four career starts, but she has some solid form to call upon and looks very interesting on her handicap debut.
Her best effort came when a promoted second in a maiden at Lingfield in March and she arguably should have won that day as she had every chance two furlongs out but was repeatedly carried right inside the final furlong by the horse who finished first past the post.
Rikona ran to a similar level of form when finishing fourth in a much stronger race at Kempton on her final start, leaving the impression she has plenty more to offer under the right circumstances.
Kevin Philippart de Foy has quickly established himself as a trainer that does especially well with new recruits and this looks an excellent bit of placing in this maiden fillies’ handicap. It isn’t a deep race and Rikona is expected to prove herself a fair bit better than a mark of 64.
GREG THE GREAT came on a bundle for his reappearance when opening his account at Chepstow in May and he has gone on to win twice since.
Admittedly, he gained his latest success in the stewards' room after suffering interference inside the final furlong, but Greg The Great made up considerable ground from an unpromising position that day, and a subsequent 4 lb rise in the weights almost certainly underestimates him.
He is now taking on stronger opposition, but he is clearly thriving at present, and has an excellent chance of completing a hat-trick.
D DAY ODETTE cost 50,000 guineas at the Breeze-Ups last year but didn’t show much on her sole start for Joseph Tuite.
However, she has been more competitive in three starts for her new yard so far this season, despite still looking inexperienced off the bridle on her handicap debut at Newmarket in June.
That looked a strong race for the grade and the form is already starting to work out with the winner following up next time and the fourth also winning her next start.
D Day Odette remains a horse of interest, especially here in what doesn’t look a strong race, while the step up to a mile and a quarter may bring out further improvement.
UGO GREGORY’s form so far this year isn’t anything to shout about, but his record over this course and distance will continue to stand him in good stead, and he is beginning to look too well treated to ignore.
His most recent win came from a 6 lb higher mark at York in October last year, but you can argue he has shaped better than the bare result in some tougher races than this so far this season, most notably when third at this course in May.
Tim Easterby has really hit form in the last couple of weeks and Ugo Gregory may have been freshened up by a short break since last seen at Haydock at the end of June. If he comes back to anything like the pick of his form last season – when he won three times over course and distance – he will be very competitive in this field, so at the likely odds he is well worth chancing.
This looks a good race and Tintoretto remains on a dangerous mark back at Kempton, but he has a wide draw and there are a couple of three-year-olds in opposition who are potentially ahead of their mark.
CONFLICT showed improved form to open his account in a three-runner race at Salisbury last time and his form prior to that looks fairly strong as he bumped into a potentially smart type on his reappearance and was beaten by a newcomer who has run well in defeat since on his next start at Ffos Las.
He now steps back up to seven furlongs for his handicap debut which should suit him well and it is hard to think he isn’t better than an opening mark of 79. Conflict represents a yard in good form, has fared well with the draw and could yet have more to offer after just four career starts.
Bet of the night on the Racing League card on the all-weather at Lingfield comes in race two - the William Hill Build Your Odds Racing League R9 Handicap - in which DREAM SHOW can star.
He's always been quite highly thought of by trainer Charlie Hills and duly built on his seasonal comeback at Goodwood when dead-heating for first in a nice race at Newbury at the end of May. The other winner, Hebrides, has given that form a strong look by finishing runner-up at Chester and winning at Doncaster, and although Dream Show appeared to take a backwards step at Newmarket, the ground was far too quick for him there.
He's got a bit of experience on synthetics as he was sixth at Kempton on his second outing as a juvenile and it's not hard to see him putting his best foot forward again from a handy stalls position in two around here.
Pretty small fields from start to finish at Ffos Las but the opening Darren Briggs Gold Cup Apprentice Handicap is a competitive little race and the vote goes to NOVA LEGEND in the first-time blinkers.
He let down favourite-backers when last seen at Hamilton in early-July and now returns as a gelding - as well as in headgear - but James Ferguson's charge had been shaping well in handicaps earlier in the season and some of his form at two, notably a third to St Leger-bound Giavellotto at Kempton, reads well in this company. He's well worth another chance off a mark of 81 under the accomplished Theodore Ladd.
Mick and David Easterby's MY HONEY B looks the one to be on here as she's a couple of pounds better off with Leading Company having finished ahead of that rival here last month.
Leading Company has come out and franked the form with a narrow success since then and while the likes of expensive purchase Madam Macho and thus-far-disappointing Frank Ross Is Out are respected, especially if attracting support in the market, the well-drawn My Honey B is improving and can defy a small (2lb) rise for the better effort on handicap debut last time.
Lots of these are unreliable but SLY MADAM certainly knows how to get her head in front, having won twice at Brighton already this season, and she's done it over seven furlongs and a mile, plus on good to soft and good to firm ground.
She was back on form when beaten just a head earlier this month and is turned out again quite quickly here as she's due to go up 4lb in the weights in future. The low draw in four looks ideal and Sheena West's filly rates a solid bet.
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