Our resident tipster fancies four horses at Lingfield this afternoon.
Just four shopping days until Christmas and a few winners at Lingfield this afternoon would not go amiss to help pay for expenses.
Anthony Honeyball’s ANDA DE GRISSAY could be a gift in the 2m3f handicap hurdle for mares (due off 2.40pm) as she arrives here at the top of her game and should be up to beating five rivals. She’s not been out of the first three in four starts this season and gained a deserved success at Fontwell two starts back, winning eased down by nine lengths. She was then then turned out again quickly under a penalty at Exeter over 2m5f and got outstayed by an unexposed winner, going down by five lengths with the rest well beaten off. She’s been reassessed since but her burden is reduced by Harry Cobden’s 7lb claim and she is proven in the conditions.
Backers of the Alexandra Dunn-trained ZERO VISIBILITY looked desperately unlucky not to collect at Fontwell 13 days ago as the eight-year-old was clear and still going well when tipping up at the last. He would have completed a double had he stayed on his feet, having won well over hurdles at Plumpton previously, and is clearly in great heart. The winner of an Irish point and a close third in a handicap at Bangor on his only other try over fences, he has the aptitude to jump fences and is taken to recover losses in today’s 2m novices’ handicap chase (1.10pm).
Harry Fry’s Template is sure to be popular in the 2m handicap hurdle (1.40pm) given the stable form and his progressive profile. The four-year-old has won two of his three starts this term, including a more competitive race last time, but another 5lb rise makes life tougher for him and it could be worth taking a chance on the fitness of Garry Moore’s LIGHT WELL. The seven-year-old has clearly had his problems as he’s been limited to just six starts and made just the one appearance last season, when finishing third behind Jollys Cracked it and Clondaw Banker in a decent novice at Ascot. He now goes handicapping off what is potentially a generous mark of 116 and his trainer has been in excellent form of late, with several stablemates also winning on the back of absences.
Fry is unlikely to leave the track empty-handed as his LITTLE ACORN looks to have every chance in the closing bumper (3.40pm). She is the first foal of bumper/smart 2m-3m hurdle winner Whiteoak – so is well named – and having shown up well on the home gallops was fancied to make a winning debut at Taunton in March, only to disappoint in fourth. Still, she would have learned a lot from that and should be all that stronger for another summer at grass. Noel Filthily takes over from an amateur and she can start paying for her 105,000 Euros price tag by picking up the princely sum of £1,560 that does to the winner.