13:30 Lingfield Fri 19 April 2019
- Sun Racing All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap (Class 2)
- 7f 1y,
- 14 Runners
- Surface: Polytrack
C&D winner in November and that form has been boosted subsequently. Hasn't managed to replicate his performance in two starts since but his handicap mark looks fair and while he's not the most consistent sort, he's hard to put a line through.
His losing run is starting to mount up but he rattled off four in a row at this venue last year and he's finally back below his last winning handicap mark. Better over 1m though and wide draw may have scuppered his chance this time.
Has been in good form without managing to get his head in front in four starts on AW this winter. The concern has to be that he's shaped like a non-stayer at previous tries at this trip. Useful claimer takes 5lb off.
Runner-up in decent C&D contest last time and while he's only won once in 10 starts on AW, 7f on Polytrack looks ideal. Only nudged up 1lb for his latest start and while he's possibly not the best handicapped runner, he holds solid each-way claims.
Fairly prolific in France with nine wins on all-weather but has barely beaten a rival home in four starts for this yard. Handicapper is trying to give him a chance but needs a dramatic turn around. Tongue-tie and cheekpieces replace blinkers.
Both his wins have come on AW and has been in good form this winter, with two placed efforts either side of a 1m course win. 3lb higher for his second here last time, down in trip and in a deeper race, he probably has a few questions to answer now.
Two-time C&D winner who has got back on track since wind surgery last summer, winning three races on Polytrack at Kempton. Has placed on three of his last four starts but he likes to dominate from the front and wide draw not in his favour here.
Gained a first win since 2016 when gaining a second course win in January. Has displayed his inconsistency subsequently though and he's shown his best form over 1m.
Course winner who has bounced back to form on recent starts and he was a winner on Polytrack over this trip at Kempton last time. Only 2lb higher here but probably better over 1m and others likely better handicapped.
Stayed on well from the back at Wolverhampton last time out and dropped 1lb by the handicapper for her effort. Not always the most consistent sort and still above her last winning mark but useful claimer takes off 3lb and she can't be discounted.
Gained a first win since 2016 over 1m here in January and performed okay in two starts in handicaps from his revised handicap mark. Not always quickly away though, as seen in three of his last four starts and may be better at 1m.
A winner of seven of his eight starts since joining this outfit, with his only disappointment coming on Fibresand at Southwell. Has won twice since, he's versatile from a tactics perspective and may do even better if he learns to settle.
Largely campaigned over sprint trips in recent times but effective over 7f and kept on well when third of six here last time out. On a workable handicap mark but the wide draw has to be a concern.
Inconsistent sort but has won two races on Polytrack this winter, both over 1m. Can be forgiven his effort on soft ground at Newbury last week and a return to this trip is interesting; likely to be doing all his best work in the finish.
Last Year's Winner
|5||Take The Helm||5||9-3||8/1||Full Result|
|T: B J MeehanJ: Adam J McNamara|
Lion Hearted (3/1), Gallipoli (5/1), Breathless Times (5/1), Raucous (9/1), Poetic Force (10/1), Sha La La La Lee (10/1), Starlight Romance (12/1), Mr Scaramanga (14/1), Exchequer (14/1), Goring (14/1), Suzi's Connoisseur (16/1), Apex King (16/1), Philamundo (28/1), Giogiobbo (28/1)
- Lion Hearted
- Starlight Romance
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