Saturday Lingfield – Two Selections in Listed Events
Listed Feature Races – Names To Note
There are two Listed contests at Lingfield on Saturday which have attracted strong fields and some established names. Our experts provide you with the horses to keep a close eye on and include a couple of selections in the Listed races.
15:05 Betway Golden Rose Stakes, 6f
The 6f event has attracted a field of 12, including last year’s winner Good Effort for Ismail Mohammed. The globetrotting six-year-old is a serious player at Listed level considering he has placed in Group 3 company at Meydan earlier this year. Jockey Jim Crowley will look to try and make all but that may be tough as he is drawn wide in stall 8.
Judicial is a regular name in these Listed sprints and trainer Julie Camacho will be hoping the nine-year-old can register career win number 18. Judicial posted a win two starts back at Chester when taking another Listed prize, before finishing third at Beverley back in August. The nine-year-old will look to win this race again after landing this event back in 2019, but he has a tough draw to overcome and will need things to fall his way.
North-Yorkshire trainer Mark Johnston holds two entries including The Last Lion who makes a remarkable comeback to the track after over five years off, it will be fascinating to see how he runs now returning as a seven-year-old. However, MISTY GREY looks the yards main hope in this contest. The four-year-old has won over 6f and 7f and wasn’t beaten far back in February in Listed company over course and distance. He is well drawn in stall 3 and jockey Richard Kingscote has the option to race close to the pace or sit in behind the leaders.
15:40 Betway Churchill Stakes, 1m2f
Fox Tal has been a model of consistency for connections and always runs well in his races. The five-year-old has placed second or third in five of his last six races. Trainer Andrew Balding will be hopeful he can get his head in front and pick up a well-deserved win, but he last tasted success in 2019 and may just find one or two too good again.
Pyledriver is likely to be at the top of the betting for this event considering he has held much higher company in the past couple of years, including winning at Group 1 level at Epsom when last seen. The four-year-old is improving all the time and it would be no surprise to see him win this Listed prize for connections given he is the class horse in the race. However, he will have to give weight away to the field and has yet to win over this distance of 1m2f.
Jockey Hollie Doyle has had another brilliant season and she will have high hopes of landing another big weekend win onboard FELIX for trainer Marco Botti. The five-year-old ran no sort of race when last at Newbury but was not beaten far at Ascot back in June. Felix has always preferred racing on artificial surfaces and has only been out the frame once when racing on them, with form figures of 3/1161/1223. Felix will look to improve on that impressive record on Saturday and represents value against the likely favourite Pyledriver.