1.40 Lingfield – Discreet Hero
Simon Crisford looks to have an well handicapped horse in the form of Discreet Hero, and it is surprising that he has been installed as a second favourite for the 6 furlong handicap at Lingfield. The French bred 3 year old colt was an eye catcher when winning last time out and could still have more improvement, with a mark of 74 seeming far from insurmountable. He returns from a near 4 month absence, but with the other market leader also returning from a break, the absence should not be too much of an issue,
After several reasonable but unspectacular efforts on turf, the son of Siyouni was dropped back to the minimum trip for his all-weather debut. Everything seemed to go wrong that day – the horse was outpaced early and was then hampered when making his challenge, but he still had enough class to win under just hands and heels, quickening well when the gap eventually presented itself. The handicapper was impressed with the horse’s success and raised him 8lbs, from 66 to 74, but he still manages to sneak into a Class 5 contest.
The favourite is fellow last time out winner Summer Chorus. The Exceed and Excel filly outran her long odds on debut, finishing a close up second, and she justified favouritism next time out at Lingfield over 5 furlongs, staying on strongly to get up late in the day. Fillies don’t have a great record over the winter and she wasn’t as eye catching as the selection.
2.40 Lingfield – Special Season
Special Season is rated 9lbs+ better than the rest of his rivals in the 4 runner conditions race at Lingfield, and he really should be able to justify his position as the odds on market leader. Despite the poor turn out for the contest, there is some interest, with a couple of improving types in opposition. However, Special Season is the proven horse, both in the class and over course and distance and he looks a very solid selection.
William Haggas’ 3 year old colt is rated 100 on the back of his course and distance success last time out. That victory came under similar circumstances – a small field on the all-weather, and he certainly doesn’t lack for tactical speed. The horse has always had a touch of class, as evidenced by his 7 length debut demolition at Sandown back in August. He may now be fulfilling that promise and could be set up for lucrative winter. Will be handy and is likely to show an eye-catching turn of foot off the home bend.
Tips Summary (12th January)
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