12:55 Lingfield Fri 18 January 2019
- Sun Racing Handicap (Class 5)
- 1m 1y,
- 7 Runners
- Surface: Polytrack
Disappointing at Southwell (1m) on New Years Day after a solid showing there on his penultimate start (7f); perfectly capable of playing a prominent role at this level (Class 5) assuming the switch to Polytrack suits; stablemate of Chikoko Trail.
Returned to the Flat when finishing 2L fourth of seven to all the way winner Military Law at Wolverhampton (1m1f+) recently; makes plenty of appeal in this grade from a reduced handicap mark (77); should go close.
His most recent AW wins have come over 1m2f at Chelmsford but it is positive that he does compete from his last winning mark; has finished runner-up on his last two visits to Lingfield, including when proving no match for Forbidden Planet latest.
Still a maiden after 19 attempts (0-11 on AW); not beaten far (1L) when runner-up to Juanito Chico at Kempton (1m) in December and has turned in some broadly similar efforts since; blinkers are now applied.
Winner off a 2lb lower mark over C&D in September and finished a close up fourth (behind Graceful James) next time; on the premises (third) again at Kempton latest, so it would be foolhardy to totally dismiss him out of hand; stablemate of Shyron.
A 7f regular who has struggled to make much of a positive impression of late; upped in trip for the first time since April 2018; stablemate of The Warrior (preferred); unlikely contender.
Tailed-off in a juvenile hurdle (debut) at Newbury last month, so his attentions are now turned to the AW for the first-time (1-9 on turf); market helpful, albeit his stablemate Thechildren'strust looks to hold far stronger credentials.
Last Year's Winner
Thechildren'strust (9/4), Ambient (11/4), Graceful James (4/1), High Acclaim (5/1), The Warrior (13/2), Chikoko Trail (7/1), Shyron (10/1)
- High Acclaim
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