Racing returns to action today with a competitive card at Lingfield and although not quite the usual dynamic Saturday stuff, it is what it is and we’ll give it our best shot.
Feature race is at 3.30 with the inappropriately named 32Red Spring Cup Stakes, a Listed contest over 7 furlongs.
Just six runners are due to take part and the favourite is the William Haggis trained Headway at a best priced 6-4. With an official mark of 106 and placed in two Group 2 events as a 2-y-o, this son of Havana Gold probably deserves his place at the head of the market, but, not having raced since last August, trying 7f for the first time and making his AW debut, we’re gonna say ‘no value at the price’ and move down to the second on the list.
Lansky, trained by Jeremy Noseda and with Ryan Moore up top is available at 2-1 and should be backed to win this.
3rd in the Acomb Stakes and 4th in the Mill Reef after winning his maiden, Lansky completed his 2-y-o stint with a facile win at Kempton on October. All that was achieved during a season throughout which his stable was badly out of sorts, but this year it has come out firing on all cylinders, which bodes well. With a rating of 102, ‘Meyer’ can emulate his namesake and hit the target today.
The Betway Casino Handicap at 2.20 catches our attention.
10 runners go to post and the short priced favourite is the (now) Olly Murphy trained Yensir at a very skinny 5-2. Previously trained by that prolific trainer of Flat winners, Grant Tuer, Yensir remains a maiden after 16 starts and was last seen weakening out of a mile handicap at Newcastle in September. Whilst we have the greatest respect for the burgeoning talents of OM, this would be a blind bet and we don’t do those.
Vying for favouritism is the beautifully named (not) Iballisticvin, for the Moore’s, pere and fils. Winning this race off a mark of 70 would represent a lifetime’s best achievement for this 5-y-o, which is without a run since October – no thanks.
Our idea of a play in this race is to back Attain each way at 7-1. A Leafy regular and six times course winner, this consistent 9-y-o has won off higher marks than today’s 62, is fit as a flea and almost guaranteed to give you a run for your hard-earned. Ridden by usual pilot Pierre-Louis Jamin (who, for Bob Marley fans, is not from Jamaica) let’s hope Archie Watson’s stable pet can get it done.
The last race on the card at 5.10 has a title too long to bother with, but it’s a handicap over 2 miles. Three non-runners have reduced the field to 4 and surely left the race to the mercy of the favourite Author’s Dream. Winner of its last three races, this Bill Knight trained 5-y-o is still on the improve and can go in again under the excellent Jason Watson. Get stuck in at 6-5, please.
Lansky 3.30 Lingfield win @ 2-1 William Hill
Attain 2.20 Linfield e/w @ 7-1 Ladbrokes (4 places)
Author’s Dream 5.10 Lingfield win @ 6-5 SkyBet