Wednesday’s Action: Evening Attire overpriced at Lingfield
The Ladbrokes Handicap (2:40) is the best event on Lingfield’s seven-race card today and it’s a fascinating contest from a betting point of view. Shyron heads the market at the moment, with his general price being around the 6/4 mark, and that’s not much of a surprise as he’s 3-5 on the All-Weather surfaces and shapes as if there’s potentially more to emerge from the locker in time.
Being a 3-year-old adds further fuel to the fire when it comes to not seeing the best of him yet and he’s a few lbs well-in following a cracking neck-second off a career-high mark at Wolverhampton last time. He is, however, clearly well-suited to the Tapeta surface at that track and this will be his first start around Lingfield. It’ll provide a different test and at the current prices he’s far too short.
Second-favourite Zman Awal is a lightly-raced 3-year-old filly and off a mark of 77, there must be a race in her sometime. She was a disappointing market leader (5/4) around Kempton last time out but things went wrong there as she fly-jumped when the stalls opened, ended up being slowly into her stride and then couldn’t get much of a clear run once trying to improve in the home straight.
That race was over 6f as well, so that’s a further reason to excuse her, and life will be a lot easier now that connections give her some extra yardage again. I do think that she’s one of the more interesting contenders, as the market’s suggesting, but on value grounds 7/2 looks short and instead EVENING ATTIRE (6/1) makes more appeal. He’s another 3-year-old with more to offer the game and his latest outing over C&D was close to a career-best, certainly a step up on his previous outings since joining William Stone’s yard. If things pan out a bit better, he appeals as being favourably treated off 84 and George Baker will likely know more about him this time around. At worst he’s a good and worthwhile each-way play.
In the proceeding contest (3:10), Bosstime might be worth opposing now that the handicapper has had another chance to nibble away at him. He got an easy lead when winning around Kempton a couple of weeks ago and whether such a luxury is afforded this time will be key. There are a few others in reasonable form who could have a chance but the 5-year-old STORMBOUND (4/1) appeals the most and is given a chance to provide Paul Cole with another All-Weather winner. The son of Galileo ran a good race around Kempton when last seen a couple of months ago and granted a more forceful ride this time, should have no excuses. He’s hardly thrown-in off 70 but will run his race, barring some disasters.
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