2:00 Lingfield (Friday, 22nd February) Free Horse Racing Tips

Peter Chapple-Hyam
The Bath Spa At Marriot Lingfield Median Auction Stakes. This contest is run over one mile with seven runners, most lightly raced.

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King Bertie, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam and ridden by Jamie Spencer, must have strong claims after a narrow defeat on debut over course and distance.  This bay gelding, a son of Clodovil, was bought by the vendor at the Doncaster Breeze Up sales at two for £13,000, after fetching 5,000gns as a foal. The mare was a limited horse who ran in France over this trip. King Bertie may be no super star but he has plenty enough ability to win a moderate race of this nature. Clearly the stable expected a bold show on debut when he was well backed, starting second favourite to the eventual head-winner, Shaolin. A combination of bad luck and inexperienced proved costly as he was carried wide on the final bend and then showed signs of greenness when running on well but failing to catch the leader. On another day he would have won a shade comfortably. Jamie Spencer will have this youngster sitting handy and I am expecting a win. 

Of those with form, Fearless Lad had shown ability on both starts to date. This step up in distance is likely to bring improvement. It is interesting to see Hayley Turning partnering this colt for the third time. He may have his work cut out if the favourite has progressed.

A number of those to have races have related form lines. Excellent Puck, trained by Jamie Osborne, finished behind Shaolin when racing on debut at this course over 7f. This son of Excellent Art cost 38,000eur as a yearling and hails from a trainer who deserves respect with runners on their second start. There was much to like about that initial start as this bay colt stayed on well after a slow start. This extra furlong looks a positive move and if priced about the 5/1 mark would make a fair each way selection.

Another trainer who often has an ace up his sleeve is Sylvester Kirk. Landau ran as though in need of the race when finishing all too late over course and distance.  This grey son of Aussie Rules  may need a little more time but could well progress to win this winter.

Flamingo Beat and Kingston Eucalypt will need to be primed to win on debut and would need to be substantially backed to bring encouragement.

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Conclusion: King Bertie will be all the rage here but he will need to be wiser for that first start. In truth, he was an unlucky loser and improvement should be forthcoming. Jamie Spencer is a fine rider on the all-weather and it will be intriguing to see whether he presses on or sits just off the pace. This son of Clodovil is the horse to beat although at short odds I wouldn't imagine he makes great value. A couple of his opponents are making their second start and ample improvement could be on the cards. I would respect the chances of Excellent Puck and if priced about the 5/1 mark could make a fair each way bet. If the favourite drifts in the betting he would be a fair win bet but most probably a watching brief with fears that Osborne's charge could throw down a challenge. 


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