2.35 Lingfield – Buying Trouble David Evans doesn’t have too many first time out winners in the winter, but his Buying Trouble bucked that trend last time out and absolutely destroyed her field on debut at Kempton. Strong in the market, she showed a blistering turn of foot in the last two furlongs at the Surrey track and eventually won by an impressive 5 lengths. Officially allotted a mark of 79, she looks well handicapped and can follow up against less than stellar opposition.
A daughter of Japanese sire Hat Trick, Buying Trouble is well bred. She was a little slowly away last time out, but is likely to be far sharper from the gate this time out. Stall 5 is perfect and David Evans’ 3 year old is likely to sit midfield before utilising her sharp turn of foot off the home turn. The horse that Buying Trouble beat into second place last time out has since gone on to score at Chelmsford so the form stands up.
Jess is another last time out winner in the field. The Equiano filly scored by the narrowest of margins over 5 furlongs at Lingfield last time out and the step up in trip should suit. She is able to race off a mark of just 67 and should be competitive (with that being said, she does lack the scope of the selection).
6.20 Kempton – Miracle Garden
Miracle Garden is somewhat of a ‘point and shoot’ operator and he has blistering pace. After recording a hat trick back in the autumn, he has put in two sold efforts and still may be improving. Stall 1 is perfect for a horse who likes to go from the front and under Adam Kirby, he looks a good bet at 5/23.50+2502.502.50-0.40.
Roy Brotherton’s 4 year old has only had 11 starts and he is still maturing physically. Didn’t cut too much ice in his first 6 starts, and popped up at 26.0 when breaking his duck. Bolted up by nearly 5 lengths at Kempton next time out and then won again at Wolverhampton. Went up significantly in the weights and didn’t have the same success in his last two starts, but is in Class 5 and has a good draw. Will be clear early and can hopefully hang on in the latter stages of the race. Is likely to make a good back to in running lay and no one rides the track better than Adam Kirby.
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