Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's all-weather action at Lingfield.
Mick Channon struck with Izzer in the opening two-year-old race of the turf Flat season, the Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster, and that horse has since followed up at Bath. That suggests he has his juveniles well forward and it bodes well for his JUNGLE INTHEBUNGLE, who is making his racecourse debut in the 5f novice auction stakes against seven rivals.
He’s bred to be speedy too, being a half-brother to 5f winner The Nazca Lines out of a dam who won over this trip at two, and from what is a plum draw in stall one he’s going to take plenty of beating.
Ostilio sets the standard in the 1m novice stakes on his 7f seconds at Leicester and Newcastle last autumn, and he’s since undergone wind surgery. However, Roger Varian’s KAWASIR is perhaps the better long-term prospect and his third place finish on his Kempton debut last October has been franked by the placed horses since.
A $400,000 purchase and a half-brother to a couple of winners, most notably Grade 1 winner Beach Patrol, he should be up to winning a race of this nature before going on to better things.
There is a chance that Stuart Edmunds is using the 2m handicap to get a run into his winning hurdler WOLF OF WINDLESHAM, before a return to that sphere. However, the six-year-old looks to be on a very lenient Flat mark of 71 given that he’s won off 137 over hurdles and he might therefore be worth risking this afternoon, despite his long absence.
Certainly, there are no worries over the artificial surface as he’s won a couple of times on the Polytrack at Kempton and wasn’t beaten far into second in a much better race than this when last seen out on the level. The stable form (2-6 in the last fortnight) and the booking of Jim Cowley are other reasons to think he can go well.
All odds were correct at time of posting.