3.30 Lingfield – Callac
The first selection comes in a weak looking race at Lingfield. This 7f 3yo maiden does not appear to have much strength in depth and can go the way of the twice raced Callac. Although his form to date does not set an exacting standard, the son of Aqlaam has run with credit in two course and distance maidens. Will ultimately appreciate a step up in trip but this looks a very winnable opportunity.
The fact that Rialto Magic, a nine raced filly with an official rating of 63, is available at +450 ( Bet365), shows the standard of the contest on paper. The main danger could come in the form of Café Caprice, from the Ed Vaughan yard. Trainer is 4/43 with his first time out 3 year olds, producing a £6 level stakes profit and an A/E of 1.61. However, sire Duke Of Marmalade is just 2/48 with first time out 3 year olds – a definite negative.
Likely to be positioned handy to make most of stamina and experience, Callac should probably be a +150 chance, so the +188 available with Bet365 looks appealing.
8.15 Kempton – Proofreader
The second tip is still a runner on the all-weather, but this time at Kempton in the form of Proofreader. Formerly with John Gosden, the son of Authorized moved to the Neil Mulholland team and showed he retained all of his ability, running into third over 10f at Kempton. Was returning from a lengthy absence that day and had to swing wide into the straight, making the run all the more commendable. Today’s step up in trip should really suit based on run last time out, and has been given 6 weeks to get over exertions of comeback run. Neil Mulholland has a great record with his horses returning within 3-8 weeks after they were off for 4+ months before their last run – 15/91 for £16 LSP for an A/E of 1.49, and he remains unexposed. +175 with William Hill and Ladbrokes seems more than fair.
Chief market rival comes in the form of Tears Of The Sun, who returns from a 139 day lay-off. 4 year old fillies don’t have a fantastic record in handicaps at this time of year and she is passed over for that reason.
Callac to win (Lingfield)
25th March 15:30 GMT
Where to Bet: Bet365
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