2.40 Lingfield – Theydon Thunder
Class 6, 0-55 handicaps are rarely races that we focus on for our selections, but Theydon Thunder won with such authority last week, that even as a short priced favourite he appears value. Horses who win comfortably in low grade races are often worth following, as they can improve past limited and out of form rivals.
Peter Charalambous does well with his last time out winners and although Theydon Thunder was a big price for his comeback run, there was no fluke about the success. After travelling smoothly behind the leaders, the 4 year old gelding quickly put the contest to bed, winning by just shy of 4 lengths. That victory was at Kempton, but was over 8 furlongs. After 4 uninspiring runs in 2014, Theydon Thunder was seen just once in 2015, and again disappointed. Was given another year off, and the step up in trip combined with the switch from the fibresand to the all weather obviously had the desired effect. Is carrying the mandatory 6lb penalty and is effectively 1lb well in. Has a great chance and +175 is a good price.
The main market rival comes in the form of Foylesideview. Harry Chisman’s 4 year old gelding is only rated 50 and has won just once from 23 starts, which is indicative of the standard of the race.
Theydon Thunder – 2.40 Lingfield
Wednesday 30th March