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2.00 Lingfield – Celestial Knight
James Fanshawe’s Celestial Knight may not be the most straightforward runner, but this is his easiest challenge for a while, and with a jockey on board who excels with tricky types, he should really be favourite for the Class 6, 8 furlong contest at Lingfield.
The son of Compton Place showed little in first handful of career starts, but then came to life when he had the visor applied, and has worn it ever since. Racked up a couple of victories and seconds on the all-weather at the back end of summer and into the autumn last term, but has not really fired this year. Has been competing in Class 5 contests and this 0-65, Class 6 event is much easier. Had an inexperienced rider aboard last time out and those horses with quirks can sometimes ‘take the mick’ when partnered with green jockeys. Frederik Tylicki gets the ride this time up and will happily make the horses mind up for him, should he think about shirking the issue.
The horse has a good berth in stall 2 and is likely to be ridden close to the pace. Has finished a creditable second on only visit to the track, and everything looks set for a big run. James Fanshawe’s all-weather runners really need respecting at this time of year, and they have a fantastic record; from June-August they are 43/206 (20.87%) for £18.56 LSP, giving an A/E of 1.36.
At odds of 5/1 6.00 +500 5.00 5.00 -0.20 , Celestial Knight looks attractively priced and he could well get back to winning ways.
3.35 Lingfield – Memories Galore
Memories Galore didn’t show much on his first two starts, but when switched to the all-weather on his third start, he unsurprisingly showed improvement (sire Invincible Spirit does better on artificial surfaces). On his handicap debut, he stepped up again, winning authoritatively after being well backed. That race has worked out well and off just a 5lb higher mark, Harry Dunlop’s runner has sound claims of following up.
Has a good draw in stall 5 and this sharp 6 furlongs suits his front running style. His main market rival is the fellow last time out winner Jubilee Brig, who came from off the pace to win in convincing fashion at Carlisle. Coming off the pace at Lingfield is more difficult and the track is also very different (although he has won at it before). Horse carries a 6lb penalty for that success and is passed over for that reason.
Tips Summary (11th August)