The 10 furlong, 0-80 handicap at Lingfield does not look the strongest race on paper and Starlit Cantata may well be able to overcome a 106 day absence to score again at a track she loves. With 3 wins and 3 places from 11 starts on the all-weather, conditions should be ideal for Eve Johnson-Houghton’s 4 year old filly, and she has run very well fresh before, so the absence should not be too much of a concern.
The daughter of Oratorio has run her last 3 races on turf, and her form figures read 322. She is yet to win in 9 starts on the grass though and the all-weather definitely seems to bring about some extra spark in her performances. Last April, she returned off a similar absence to today, and managed to score over course and distance, before following that victory up next time out. Has never scored off a mark this high, but is relatively unexposed and has gone within a nose of winning off 77 on turf. Likes to get on with it and should sit very handy or lead, so the chance of finding trouble in running is small. Odds of 4/15.00+4004.004.00-0.25 seem generous in an 8 runner contest.
The favourite is the Ed Vaughan trained Naizah. This filly makes her handicap debut and also returns from a 3 month absence. Did not show too much in her first 2 runs, but went close at Chelmsford over a mile last time out. Definitely has potential, but is too short.
3.50 Catterick – Pavers Star
Pavers Star is a stalwart of the Northern sprinting circuit, and Noel Wilson’s 6 year old son of Pastoral Pursuits looks to have a fair each-way chance in the Class 6 contest at Catterick. A front runner, he won 3 starts back at Newcastle then ran well over course and distance on penultimate start before disappointing at Musselburgh. Returning to a track where he has run well before, odds of 8/19.00+8008.008.00-0.13 appeal.
Front runners do very well at Catterick and Pavers Star has the ideal draw in stall 1 for a horse who likes to push the pace. The poor run last time out can be forgiven, as he was trapped wide, missed the kick and was held up. In all likelihood, the horse sulked. Has been given 61 days off to freshen up and should come back to the track back to life.
Tarando is chasing a hat trick, but is dropping to a very sharp trip and goes from a wider draw. Is up 4lbs for victory last time out and doesn’t appeal as value.
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