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With nothing grabbing the attention over jumps, I’m turning to the all-weather for today’s selections and this trio of Lingfield runners might just help us turn a profit
First up is Michael Bell’s FREEBE ROCKS who gets into the class 6 1m handicap off bottom weight on the back of a career-best effort at Wolverhampton just eight days ago, when making his all-weather debut. The son of Camacho had been gelded since his last run on turf back in August and an improved effort was anticipated as he was well supported beforehand. He looked like rewarding his backers when making up plenty of ground on the inner to hit the front entering the final furlong, but he was quickly collared by a couple of horses coming down the favoured centre of the track and had to settle for third. Still, on that evidence he can definitely win races off his current mark of 59 and his in-form trainer, who enjoyed a double at Kempton last week, looks to have found him a good opportunity to get off the mark.
Punters looking for a RIGHT TOUCH are advised to get on the Richard Fahey-trained gelding of that name when he runs in the 7f handicap on the card. While the eight-year-old hasn’t won since July 2016, he’s become dangerously handicapped as a result and looked like taking advantage over track and trip last time until the re-opposing Shyron arrived late to nab the spoils by half a length. That horse enjoyed a dream run on that occasion and things are far from guaranteed to pan out so well for him here, while he’s also 2lb worse off the selection, who is taken to get his revenge and end his losing run. UPDATE – the selection is a big drifter this morning – out to 10/1 – and I can only think it’s his outside draw to blame. Best keep stakes small.
The closing 5f handicap looks tricky to say the least, but there are enough positives to recommend a small wager on Roger Teal’s mare LOOK SURPRISED. Her recent form figures are less compelling than some of these, but she’s dropping into class 6 company for the first time and clearly found 6f stretching her at Kempton last time, weakening quickly inside the final furlong having raced up with the leaders out wide for a long way. That she was tried over an extra furlong was understandable as she had finished well to grab third place over 5f at Wolverhampton previously, and it might be she is best over over the minimum off a strong gallop. That looks likely this afternoon and in which case she may well prove good enough against today’s rivals, with the stable in form (2-5 in the last fortnight) another positive and the clincher for the bet.
All odds were correct at time of posting.