Saturday’s racing tips – Three top tips for the all-weather action at Lingfield
All-weather racing expert, Jack Haylett looks through today’s cards at Lingfield and Wolverhampton and picks out three horses to back.
2:10 Lingfield – Magic Lily
Magic Lily (10/3 BetVictor) would have been seen contesting much better races than this had she not suffered an injury that led her to miss her 3yo, and most of her 4yo campaign. Connections have managed to get her back this backend however and she showed she certainly retained ability when second in another listed event. She pulled hard that day and will have been expected to come on for the run I’m sure, so I think it was a nice performance, for all I would expect significantly better now.
I suspect connections will have an eye on taking her out to Meydan, and they will be using this as a stepping-stone to doing so. The switch to the all weather should not be a problem, and the only negative I see to her chance would be her wide stall. At the prices however that concern is more than factored in. I hope and expect to see Magic Lily confirm herself much the best filly in this race.
4:45 Wolverhampton – Celestran
There was much to like about Celestran’s (15/8 BetVictor) racecourse debut when placing just over two weeks ago at Newmarket. The selection is a nicely bred son of Dansili, but he was sent off very weak in the market for a runner from the stable, and he ran notably green that day. He stayed on nicely however and I noted him as one I expected to improve significantly next time out.
That form is yet to be tested but I think the race will work out quite nicely, and now with that experience under his belt Celestran will be able to shed the maiden tag at the second time of asking. He will love this step up in trip and for all this looks a reasonable novice for the time of year I fully expect him to confirm himself a lovely 3yo prospect and take this before being put away.
7:15 Wolverhampton – Raihaan
Raihaan (17/2 BetVictor) is a very interesting runner. He makes his UK debut having previously been trained in France. What is particularly noteworthy however is that he remains under Sheikh Hamdan’s ownership. Rated just 75 after four runs it would be no surprise were he to of found himself in a horses in training sale, so switched yards I suspect they think this gelding has more to give.
The handicap mark is certainly fair on the basis of his form, and it would be no surprise were he to improve now. Jason Watson looks a notable jockey booking and this is a modest enough handicap. Clearly there is a bit of an unknown factor about him and for me that makes him by far the most interesting runner in the race and a valid betting proposition.