There may be six meetings in the UK on Monday, but Racing Tips’ Lucky 15 best bets all come down south. Our four selections come from Lingfield and you can read out thoughts below.
Voodoo Ray (1.50 Lingfield)
Runaway market leader Simply Sondheim warrants plenty of respect with William Buick aboard. He could turn this into a procession having won only five days ago.
However, his presence has served to make it a very open each-way market at least. VOODOO RAY may be the one to be on for Gary Moore, as plenty of factors now speak in his favour for a big run.
He ran in two decent maiden/novice events for Martin Smith before moving to Moore last August. He was very poor on his only start for the new yard at two, but subsequently underwent a gelding operation and returned to the track at Wolverhampton in April.
To say he was ridden gently by Tom Queally is an understatement. He is down another 3lb in the handicap and while Anna Gibson is a very inexperienced 7lb claimer, her only win as a jockey came at this track on the all-weather. Her weight allowance could well serve this horse well up in trip.
Dancing To Win (3.25 Lingfield)
We expect the maret to change for this one, as DANCING TO WIN is currently an each-way price. She is a confident selection to win this handicap.
Her form tailed off in the autumn for Hugo Palmer last season, but that came after a truly rampant performance over course and distance last summer, in which she won by 13 lengths from this race’s current favourite Essme. There was only 3lb between them then compared to 17lb now, but a concession of that quantity would not have stopped this daughter of Iffraaj that day either.
She switched hands to Jane Chapple-Hyam earlier this month and seemed to tire late at Newmarket over 1m. However, that was her first run of the season and she is down to a mark of 68.
A repeat of her effort over track and trip last season would see her extraordinarily well in and William Buick is a very positive booking. She could make a laughing stock of these if on a going day.
Wooders Dream (3.55 Lingfield)
This handicap could set up to be dominated by its three-year-old participants, and one who looks likely to go well is WOODERS DREAM for Jack Jones.
She will be wearing a first-time tongue tie for this contest, but the yard are clearly seeking to keep her fit. She ran on Friday at Brighton, finishing a close third off this mark, showing significant improvement from her stable debut earlier this month.
Indeed, her eleventh-placed effort at Wetherby over 7f is th only below-par effort in her career. Her form otherwise reads 32453, so she is admirably consistent.
That consistency could easily serve her well. The daughter of Equiano is a half-sister to the useful Ataser and a win looks overdue.
Libertus (4.30 Lingfield)
Sometimes unexposed horses provide absolute gems in races such as this. That is certainly the hope with James Fanshawe’s charge LIBERTUS, whose three runs to date ensure he is the least experienced in this race’s lineup.
He was fourth on his debut, beaten only 2¼ lengths at 80/1. That Wolverhampton maiden has worked out decently, with the first two, as well as the fifth, having earned ratings in the high 70s subsequently. Libertus opens up here with a mark of 67.
That owes predominantly to having underperformed since, so he may not be the most trustworthy. However, that 7f trip may have ultimately stretched him in maiden company, up against potentially more useful horses, while he ran too freely on his return to get home at Doncaster.
That was over 6f though and handicapping looks set to be his game at this distance. Benoit De La Sayette is in terrific form as he seeks the apprentice championship, and his 5lb claim looks like gold dust at the moment.