16:40 Lingfield Fri 14 February 2020
In good heart and is highly effective at this course. Nudged up just 1lb after a near miss over 1m5f last time out merits consideration once more despite the burden of top weight. (Goes well for today's rider.)
Just behind King Athelstan here in December but struggled twice since. 4lb better off with his old rival this time around so thereabouts if he bounces back from those modest displays.
Unexposed and very lightly raced for one of his age. Form lines though his latest start give the gelding solid claims in this company and he looks one of the more likely winners if taking another step forward.
Been in good heart lately and proved his effectiveness on Polytrack with a close second over 1m2f here last month. Stays this trip well and been given a chance by the handicapper. One for the shortlist at least.
Consistent so far and back from a break with a good effort at Kempton at the start of this month. More is required but going the right way and still has very few miles on the clock. Met trouble in running latest but feasible he can go close today.
Needed the run when down the field at Southwell in December but improved in both runs since (both over 1m2f here). 0-11 so far but well handicapped and can be thereabouts if his stamina holds out again (has been placed over this trip on Fibresand).
In the mix on the pick of his efforts but the gelding lacks consistency and has so far been unable to exploit a plunging handicap mark. Recent evidence suggests he's on the downgrade these days.
2-27 on the AW and usually goes well at this time of year. Needs to step things up from recent levels, however, and, even though he's currently 13lb below his last winning mark, he looks risky for win only purposes once again.
Justified good support when winning over 1m4f at Kempton last month; her first success after 28 previous attempts. Now on a career highest mark and has a bit to find with King Athelstan and Mobham judging by their encounter here in December.
Three runs over shorter distances for Sir Mark Prescott yielded little but there were signs of hope on the filly's return for a new yard when she was third of seven at Chelmsford last month. Another 2f to tackle but the drop in class is a help.
Been in good form in low key races of late and hold reasonable claims on the pick of her efforts (was third here in December over C&D and could make the frame once more if running to that level). Dangerous to rule out.
Has a C&D win to her name (from December 2018) but solid efforts have been few and far between since then. Well held by King Athelstan last time and needs a lot to go her way to reverse the placings from out of the weights.
Out of the handicap and no win registered since June 2016; last year's form under both codes of racing was a mixed bag at best and the gelding makes very limited appeal in spite of him being on a career lowest mark.
Last Year's Winner
|T: W J KnightJ: R Kingscote|
King Athelstan (11/4), Alvaro (6/1), Harbour Quay (13/2), Its Nice Tobe Nice (7/1), Mistress Nellie (8/1), Famous Dynasty (8/1), Mobham (17/2), Enmeshing (10/1), Narjes (20/1), Mirabai (20/1), Global Wonder (33/1), Millie May (40/1), Turnbury (66/1)
- King Athelstan
- Famous Dynasty