Varsovian has been a very consistent runner and although recent form figures of 5 and 6 do not indicate he is the likeliest winner, those efforts did see Dean Ivory’s sprinter finish relatively close up, and the prospect of a better pace and a return to Lingfield inspire confidence that he can return to winning ways. In an open contest, he appeals at odds of 11/26.50+5505.505.50-0.18.
Varsovian had a very productive spell this time last year, racking up a hat trick between February and April. He has shown a preference for the all-weather and as such has been lightly raced since, with just 4 runs since April. Those victories last Winter and Spring ensured that Varsovian’s rating shot up to 87, and although he hasn’t made the frame in the last few starts, he has suggested he is running into form. 3 of 6 wins have come over course and distance and the return to Surrey is definitely a positive. Stall 4 is a good draw and the son of Refuse To Bend is likely to sit in midfield before making a late challenge.
Hoofalong may be the chief rival. Michael Easterby’s progressive sprinter steps back up in trip from 5 furlongs and should cope fine with Lingfield’s 6 furlong course. Is still improving and the only negative is stall 10.
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