Our resident tipster fancies a trip of runners on the all-weather, including a 10/1 shot.
With early morning inspections planned at both Uttoxeter and Warwick, I’m going to concentrate on the all-weather action at Lingfield for today’s betting fix.
UPDATE – both today’s jumps meetings have passed inspections and racing goes ahead. My idea of the best bet at Uttoxeter is the Martin Keighley-trained SEYMOUR ERIC who faces seven rivals in the 2m3f handicap hurdle (1.20pm). The ten-year-old has had his problems and was restricted to just one run last season, a respectable seventh in a decent race at Cheltenham, but he was highly progressive in the 2012-13 season when his five wins included three on heavy. Having lost his way since he returns here on what is potentially a very lenient mark of 114, given he was rated as high as 138 at one point, and some comments from his trainer this week lead me to believe he will be fit enough to do himself justice today.
He said: “The handicapper has been very god as he has dropped him to a mark of 114 which should make him very competitive. I have done plenty of work with him and I’d like to get him out as soon as I can while the ground is soft, so he could go to Uttoxeter on Thursday. I’d be disappointed if he didn’t do well this season.”
There are three horses worth backing starting with the Chris Wall-trained and George Baker-ridden CAMBODIA in the 7f maiden (due off 1.30pm). He was an eyecatcher at Kempton on his debut when storming home from the widest draw to finish second to the well regarded Severini, with a two-length gap to the third. The son of Fast Company will have learned a lot from that experience and is certainly bred to excel on an artificial surface being a half-brother to Grendisar, a 108-rated Listed winner here, and a couple of other all-weather winners. Furthermore, he’s better drawn today in stall four, whereas his main market rival Broadway Icon is out wide in 11 and probably needs to settle better than in previous races.
The Milton Bradley-trained BURAUQ could only finish a tame seventh (of nine) when sent off favourite on his hat-trick bid last time, but it didn’t help that he had to race without any cover from his widest draw and he’s worth another chance in this afternoon’s 6f handicap (12.30pm). Prior to that defeat he had looked progressive for his new stable, winning over course and distance before following up at Kempton, where he showed a good attitude after being bumped at the start. With Philip Prince claiming 3lb off him this afternoon he’s racing off the same mark as Kempton and, while stall nine (of 12) isn’t ideal, it’s not as bad as last time.
UPDATE – Burauq has been declared a non-runner.
The feature 7f handicap (2.30pm) can go the way of the Ronald Harris-trained CORPORAL MADDOX, who is bidding for a hat-trick after wins in a classified seller and a handicap at Wolverhampton, both over this trip. The eight-year-old is clearly in rude health and is just as effective here as evidenced by his two wins over course and distance. The last of those came in February 2014 off an 8lb higher mark, so he still looks well treated here despite a 5lb rise for his latest success. Willie Twiston-Davies comes in for the ride and he can make the most of what looks a decent draw in stall four.