Great racing on Good Friday at Lingfield
1.40 32red.com All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championship (7f 1y)
Lamar has been sharply progressive in three runs this year, and with Ryan Moore taking over in the saddle, the daughter of Cape Cross will be one the bookmakers fear, but she’s been handed a rather awkward draw on the outside, and it will take a smart performance to overcome such a disadvantage. On the other hand, French challenger Fresles is well berthed in stall 3, and is usually able to take a good position from flagfall. Pia Brandt’s charge is a winner at listed level, and would have needed an outing at Chantilly recently to put her straight for this valuable prize.
2.10 Unibet All-Weather Sprint Championship (6f1y)
Many expect this meeting to turn into something of a Godolphin benefit, and it’s not hard to see why, with the Boys In Blue enjoying a tremendously successful campaign on the AW this winter. They appear to have one of their strongest chances of the day in the sprint, with Pretend having drawn a handy stall as he attempts a hat-trick. Impressive when scoring in handicap company at Wolverhampton four weeks ago, he was utterly dominant when following up in a listed race over 5f here on Winter Derby day, and a repeat of that effort should suffice here. Chookie Royale has been tried over a range of trips in recent starts, giving the impression that an extended 7f stretched him at Wolverhampton most recently, and he might prove hard to catch back down in trip.
Alternative: Chookie Royale
2.40 32red All-Weather 3 Year Old Mile Championship (1m 1y)
It’s somewhat surprising to see Lexington Times heading the market for this, as it seemed to me that he didn’t need to improve on his 2-y-o form when landing a listed event over 7f here on his return, and he’s not certain to progress for this step up in trip, despite seeming to see things out strongly there. Godolphin once again hold a strong hand, and I’d expect one of their representatives to prove too strong for the Hannon runner, with Tempus Temporis just preferred to Emirates Skycargo and Four Seasons, who may prove best short of this trip. Tempus Temporis clearly has a quirk or two, but has improved no end for the fitting of headgear, and has travelled notably strongly in blinkers for his last two wins, and there appears to plenty more to come from the son of Dynaformer.
Selection: Tempus Temporis
Alternative: Emirates Skycargo
3.15 Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championship (1m 1y)
Captain Joy is respected in his bid to take this race for Ireland, while there is surely further improvement to come from Mindurownbusiness for his new yard, but that pair have a bit to find on form with the rejuvenated Sovereign Debt. Dandy Nicholls has frequently revived the fortunes of those he’s inherited from other yards, and immediately got a tune out of the ex-Michael Bell inmate when runner-up to Mindurownbusiness over C&D in February. Both horses have run well since, but Sovereign Debt is now 10 lbs better off with his old rival, and must be supported on that basis.
Selection: Sovereign Debt
Alternative: Captain Joy
3.45 Coral Easter Classic (1¼m)
Find of the season so far in equine terms has been Tryster, who took his form to new heights when beating Grendisar in the Winter Derby over C&D last month, and there is no obvious reason why that form should be turned around now. Tryster has found his niche in being ridden with extreme restraint, and has quickly progressed from useful handicapper to a performer of genuine pattern class merit. It’s been possible to crab a couple of his performances in terms of how the race has panned out, but he added substance to the undoubted style when posting an exceptional speed figure last time, and he’s impossible to oppose in his current form. Grendisar is the one to chase him home again.
4.15 Unibet 3 Year Old Sprint All-Weather Championship (5f6y)
Yet another contest on the day in which Godolphin have the market leader, but while Portamento deserves respect on his return to action, the strongest recent form in the race comes courtesy of Blue Aegean, who proved much too strong for the reopposing Mignolino, and can now meet that rival on a whopping 9 lb better terms. Somehow, the early quotes for this contest had both horses at around the same price for this race, and that beggars belief. There are reasons to be a tad wary about the prospect of Blue Aegean following up in a race where competition for the early lead will be more plentiful, but she rates a decent bet at the pick of the prices here, and there is no reason to believe that she’s flattered by her latest success, which was gained in a fast time, for all she had the run of things.
Selection: Blue Aegean
16.45 32red All-Weather Marathon Championship (1m7f169y)
Arguably the least appealing of the races on this money-rich card, but still one in which there is some fun to be had for punters, and followers of the Godolphin operation, who once again appear to hold the Indian sign over their rivals. Anglophile heads the market at present, but might find himself usurped in that position by Hidden Gold, who has yet to race in 2015, but ended last year with a nap-hand of wins on artificial surfaces, culminating in a cosy defeat of Ted Spread over two miles at Wolverhampton in December. He’d previously impressed twice over shorter trips here, and looks to have a little more substance to his form than Charlie Appleby’s runner, who was visually impressive in scoring over C&D in January from Uramazin, but may not have had a great deal to beat in the circumstances.
Selection: Hidden Gold