Skipper can steer his way to a place at Lingfield
1.50 LINGFIELD: LADBROKES MOBILE HANDICAP (7F)
The cold snap has again caused trouble with today’s action but the all-weather action goes ahead with a seven races down for decision. This seven furlong contest is hardly the pick of the action and, in truth, is a pretty poor handicap. It is, however the type of race that can throw up an odd result and that is exactly what I am banking on today.
Dream And Hope and Ambella are currently vying for favouritism and of the two the latter may be the pick. Ian Williams’ charge was just touched off at Wolverhampton last time and should be more suited by this drop in trip. Dream And Hope was a tidy winner last time at Kempton but will need another strong gallop to come off of here and he has been raised 4lbs which may be too much of a burden.
The consistent Catalinas Diamond is another to consider now she has dropped to the same mark of his last victory. Pat Murphy’s charge rarely runs a bad race but the worry is that this seven furlong trip may be more than ideal. That is probably a strange thing to say about a course and distance winner but I do feel that six furlongs may be her ideal trip.
There are a couple of the bigger priced runners that I wouldn’t mind getting involved with but I have settled on the Dean Ivory trained Aye Aye Skipper. The 4yo’s form is absolutely nothing to look at but he has to be well handicapped at this stage and Ivory, a trainer I have a lot of time for, should have him primed for a good run today.
He made a pleasing enough reappearance at Kempton after a break last time and has dropped to a career low mark of 55 having previously won off of 73. Things have to come right for the Captain Marvelous gelding soon and hopefully today will be the day. At a general 16/1, he has to be worth an each-way try.
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