21:00 Lingfield Thu 20 June 2019
- Witheford Equine Barrier Trials 2nd July Handicap (Class 5)
- 1m 4f, Standard
- 7 Runners
- Surface: Polytrack
Shaped as if better for the run over 1m2f on his handicap debut at Goodwood; may yet improve. Withdrawn at Newbury recently (soft ground); now reverts to the AW stepped up to 1m4f for the first time, mark still looks tough enough.
Off the mark on handicap debut at Wolverhampton (suited by a decent pace) looking as though further than 1m4f would suit. Failed to get the same scenario last time over the same C&D; really needs a decent gallop to show her best at this trip.
Well backed on both his handicap starts but has come up short on both occasions over 1m4f (AW) which may well be a function of his handicap mark (looks harsh). Gelded since those runs the handicapper keeps him on the same mark; more needed.
Needs to leave his run at Redcar last time (hooded first-time) well behind having failed to step forward on his previous form. Went with little fluency and always behind; still to win a race, one of the lesser lights in this off a career-low mark.
Up in trip on his handicap debut having had just the three runs so far (best performance on the AW); not disgraced on turf last time at Salisbury. May yet do better and in this sphere with cheekpieces on for the first-time; note any market interest.
Now moved to the AW after disappointing on soft turf last time at Sandown (1m6f) having looked an improved sort on his second handicap start (won at Salisbury; 1m4f). Cheekpieces now on; there was some promise in his juvenile AW runs last year.
Both handicap starts since joining this yard haven't really suggested that he's going to take a marked step forward in this sphere. Yet to run on the AW (cheekpieces now on first-time); only worth noting if there is market support.
Last Year's Winner
Sawasdee (15/8), Mondain (9/4), Young Merlin (6/1), Twenty Years On (13/2), Natsovia (8/1), Fares Alpha (14/1), Barb's Prince (50/1)
Next Race Off
Nick Robson makes Stradivarius his best bet for Thursday and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.
Ben Linfoot had a great Wednesday with Value Bet winners at 14/1 and 18/1 and he's got five more big-priced tips for day three at Royal Ascot.
Our pundit Oli Bell expects Dee Ex Bee to dethrone Stradivarius in the Gold Cup on Thursday and he has a tip for every race.