Friday’s all-weather tips – Three top tips for Lingfield and Dundalk
All-weather expert, Jack Haylett looks through today’s all-weather cards at Lingfield and Dundalk and highlights three horses to back on Friday 10th January.
Friday’s All-Weather Tips
You will not find many weaker races than this, and I think Mount Mogan has been found the ideal opportunity to shed his maiden tag. He shaped with a lot of promise on debut; held up he was never really put into the race, but he stayed on nicely towards the finish and was doing all his best work late. I anticipate significant improvement for that run, but the bare form of it looks just about the strongest of any of the runners so he may not even need to find much to score now.
Ed Walker has his string in fine fettle at present and Luke Morris is a strong jockey booking. There would not be much amongst this field that concerned me, for all there are a couple of potentially interesting debutants, that said it is not a time necessarily when you would expect a smart type to be unleashed so I’m happy to oppose.
I believe Mount Mogan has an outstanding chance here and think at the prices available he makes a very good bet.
I think the beautifully bred Ela Katrina may have been well purchased at 30,000gns in December, as not only long term is she a lovely broodmare prospect but in the short term I certainly see her picking up races. The form of her most recent start reads pretty strongly; beaten 4L she was up against some pretty smart rivals that day, in fact splitting 92 and 82 rated runners.
This is undoubtedly an easier race on debut for new stable, and I hope she may just prove a class above her opposition now. A wide stall is not ideal but that’s the only real negative I can find in regards this progressive filly’s chance. Hopefully she can take this en route to better things.
Despite being seven years old Bal De Rio remains unexposed on the all weather, which is particularly bizarre given how well he seems to be suited to running on it! In five starts he has picked up three wins, and having switched yards it may be something new connections look to run him on more.
His first run since the switch was very promising, that was actually over hurdles, when he stayed on well to eventually be beaten just a length. That was likely a sharp enough test for him, so I think the run can be upgraded and with a likely stronger pace in this field he should get the stamina test he wants.
This is a competitive enough looking handicap, but I think Bal De Rio is on a winnable mark, and at the prices think he is very much worth chancing.