Another 2 winners on the board at 9/4 and around 4/1 after the rule 4, which gives us 5 winners in the last 3 days, below are the 4 best chances on the day.
1.40 1m Class 6 Handicap – PHILAMUNDO 11/10
Broke his maiden tag when bolting in by 5 lengths at Chelmsford on his try over a mile trip and with first time blinkers attached, the handicapper has hit him with a 11lb rise but with the quick turn around, he’ll only have to contend with the 6lb penalty which makes him 5lb well in. This time he’ll have to do it at Lingfield, which being left handed and on polytrack isn’t too dissimilar to Chelmsford, but Lingfield can be too sharp for gallopers like Philamundo, so that is the worry, but the yard book Adam Kirby once again and the inform jockey rides Lingfield better than most and should have the horse positioned right and with him looking so well handicapped, the sharp course may not look such a disadvantage.
2.10 7f Class 2 Handicap – KEYSER SOZE 7/4
Same connections as Philamundo and Kirby again booked who rides the horse for the first time which is a big positive. Keyser is 2 wins from 3 on synthetic surfaces and was pretty unlucky not to have a perfect record with a bad start costing him. The last time we seen this gelding, he again didn’t break well which is a trait granted and only had one behind him when coming off the final bend and looked well beat, when trying to come up the rail which is not normally a good idea at Lingfield, but he defied the odds when storming home, he goes up 5lb for the victory but he’s very unexposed on the AW and exciting back over this C&D again.
3.20 3m2f Class 4 Handicap Chase – NORTONTHORPELEGEND 7/4
Not normally a horse you can rely on, but the gelding is in excellent form and still very well treated even with the 12lb rise after the last 2 wins, but in reality he is only 5lb higher than from his first win with claiming jockey Aaron Anderson who is well worth his claim and more at the minute, he was on the gelding LTO when winning at Wetherby and knows the horse well for riding out for trainer Rebecca Menzies at her yard. The gelding is still 13lb under highest winning mark, 20 if including claimer and he thrives at left handed sharp tracks like this and has even won over C&D on his sole run here.
5.15 5f Class 4 Handicap – KLASS ACTION 11/8
A well bred filly that won impressively on her first start on the AW, she beat an experienced filly that’s rated 70 by over 2 lengths which puts her around the 78 mark, the handicapper has put her in at 79 but she had plenty more to give and is open to plenty so she should make this mark look silly. Sir Mark Prescott sends 3 to Wolverhampton all with Luke Morris aboard and all with good chances, it wouldn’t surprise me seeing a treble on the day for them.
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