Steve Mullen guides you through Monday’s racing from Lingfield, Kempton, Pontefract, Warwick and Windsor
Richard Fahey has won this race for the past two years and has another likely lad in SINALOA here. There’s no form to go on but he’s from a family that has produced plenty of juvenile sprint winners and the yard’s youngsters are going well so far this season.
RED TEA looked in need of the run after her winter break when midfield at Wolverhampton last time out. She finished last season with a solid third in a better race than this at Newbury and she’s 1lb lower in the weights here. The draw has been kind and the ground suits too.
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JUDICIAL is fit from a couple of spins on the all-weather but is a better prospect on turf. He didn’t enjoy himself over 6f at Kempton last time where the relatively slow pace led him to pull. This drop back in trip is a plus and he likes this ground too.
TUSCAN GOLD shaped well when second over 2m2f in the first of this summer’s Ponte marathons 13 days ago. He just seems to keep chugging on forever so this step up in distance is a positive. He goes off the same mark as last time and should be right in the shake-up.
STAR CATCH has landed the usual plum draw in stall one and should be good enough to take full advantage. She showed promise on her debut at Bath last season before stepping up on that when second at Haydock in September. There should be more to come.
The draw plays a big part in sprints here and JACK LUEY should be favoured by it. He was last seen running well enough on the all-weather but his turf performances have always been a bit stronger. He has dropped to the same mark as his last win, which came over course and distance last summer. He’s knocking on now but this looks an open race.
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SAKURAJIMA was unlucky not to finish closer than third on his comeback at Windsor last time out. That tricky track claimed another victim as he was blocked in his run a couple of times. So it was a good effort to keep battling on to hit the frame. Today’s trip and ground suit and he looks capable of winning off this mark.
RONNIE THE ROOSTER has been going well on the all-weather but hasn’t been clobbered by the handicapper. He has learnt a lot since finishing midfield on his last visit here and looks capable of further improvement.
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2:50 The Tourard Man
3:25 Contre Tous
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5:00 Atlantic Grey
2:10 Autumn Lodge
2:40 Varun’s Bride
3:15 London Grammar
3:45 Equal Rights
4:20 First Moon
4:50 Captain Peacock
5:20 See And Be Seen
5.50 Rail Dancer
5:15 Excellent George
6:15 Pretty Bubbles
6:45 Spinners Ball
7:45 Assertive Agent
5:05 Binky Blue
6:05 Dusty Blue
7:05 La Vie En Rose
7:35 Star Of Lombardy