Lingfield will hopefully beat the freeze today and offer us up something to have a flutter on, we really need a day’s racing to break the snow-bound cabin fever.
Whilst the Spring Cup gets top billing, we like the high quality 5f sprint handicap that precedes it (1455).
Favourite Atletico has been knocking on the door with three straight seconds since his last win. He is now 10lbs higher than that win, and this will be his first experience of Lingfield, which doesn’t always suit every horse. At short odds he can be taken on.
Encore D’Or on the other hand knows Lingfield really well. He has run 4 times at this trip, winning two off 92 and 99, and finishing 4th and 2nd off 102. Today he lines up off 104, so he will need to find a lifetime best, but that last 2nd, just last weekend, was by a short head and he should go very close again.
Regular jockey Ryan Moore knows the horse well and will be itching to make amends after that narrow defeat last week.
George Dryden was a good winner here last time and could be the biggest danger, but off 92 he looks a bit close in the weights to the top two.
Recommendation: Encore D’Or, (1455 Lingfield), 1pt win, 7/2 generally available
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