1.25 Lingfield – Milrow
Martyn Meade’s Milrow posted a really solid effort last time out when finishing second at Chelmsford over 10 furlongs, and a repeat of that performance should be good enough to see him score at Lingfield over the same distance. Were the yard sexier, the horse would be significantly shorter in the betting, and it is only due to the presence of a few of the big Newmarket stables, that is he not a clear favourite. Odds of +200 certainly entice.
Milrow ran a moderate race when down the field on debut over 8 furlongs, but not much was expected that day. The son of Tamayuz fared noticeably better when finishing 5th over the same course and distance at the second time of asking, and his running style suggested that a step up in trip would be beneficial. That hike in distance duly came next time out, and he put in a really solid display over 10 furlongs, eventually finishing second. Was beaten handily by the winner, but that runner has since franked the form, doubling up at Southwell. There was around 4 lengths back to the third that day, and an official mark of 79 looks reasonable. If he runs his race, he should be very difficult to beat.
The favourite is Muaither from the John Gosden yard. The powerful connections clearly thought their horse had a decent chance on debut, and he duly went off a 3.75 shot. Ran incredibly green that day, eventually filling the 3rd place spot. There was definite promise in that run, but in another small field and against a few more inexperienced rivals, he could get caught out again. Will have had to have learned a significant amount from that run 10 days ago. Unexposed but inexperienced.
5.45 Wolverhampton – Step On It
Step On It had become somewhat of a frustrating runner, but a switch to Southwell’s fibresand seemed to do the trick and he dotted up in a small field. Many believe that winning gives a horse confidence, and if that is the case, the son of Footstepsinthesand should be very tricky to beat back at Wolverhampton.
It is not that Step On It has looked completely un-genuine, but he has managed to get chinned on the line once at Dunstall Park, and also managed to find significant trouble in running on another occasion. Perhaps a major factor in the horse’s change in fortunes was the new partnership with Luke Morris. The Newmarket based jockey is one of the top all-weather riders, and is very strong in the saddle. Morris retains the ride, and the horse carries the obligatory 6lb penalty, which may not be enough to stop him.
Tips Summary (22nd January)
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