14:40 Lingfield Tue 15 January 2019
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- 2m, Good to Soft (Good in places)
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
His useful form on the Flat and over hurdles for Alan King feels a long time ago now despite some reasonable form for this yard on the Flat and over hurdles. He's not straightforward though and remains very hard to win with in either sphere.
Won twice over hurdles at this trip last year and remains 3lb above her last winning mark. Ran with credit when she was last seen if a little bit too free to do herself justice and she may need this return run to take the fizz out of her.
C&D winner who returned to something like his best here last time out with this 2m trip looking to suit him well. Generally ridden prominently and responds well to pressure but is fully exposed and may prove vulnerable to any improvers.
Won at Listed level on the Flat in Ireland over 1m4f (one of two wins) but has yet to score over hurdles (0-10) despite some fair form. Still without the headgear he wore in Ireland and came from a hopeless position on stable debut; more to come.
Looks to be in the grip of the handicapper now despite some consistent performances with the best of his form coming at Hereford (failed to stay over 3m1f there last time). Still in form and better at this trip but his mark looks a tough one now.
Had just the one outing for Dan Skelton (strong in the market) at Market Rasen just under a year ago; finished runner-up (2m4f). Looks a fragile if talented sort who now makes his stable debut; one to note if the market speaks in his favour.
Yard have proved themselves with this type and he's shown good form so far for them highlighted by a Sandown win (2m, heavy) off an 8lb lower mark. Progressed again last time (track too sharp) and looks to make his mark again.
Caused a 25-1 shock when taking a Plumpton handicap hurdle off a 10lb lower mark on a return to action after 7 months off. Ran as well as before in defeat next time over the same C&D but the handicapper may have got to her rather quickly.
Yet to win a race on the Flat (0-6) or hurdles (0-6) having shown his best form in testing conditions. Struggling for form at the moment finishing last of 14 at Wetherby last time having raced in a clear lead; can be quirky and best watched for now.
Last Year's Winner
Clayton (9/4), Shaw's Cross (9/4), Legend Of France (13/2), Potters Midnight (7/1), Cougar Kid (8/1), Ardamir (16/1), The Major General (20/1), Ulysses (20/1), Future Security (33/1)
- Shaw's Cross
- The Major General
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