The 3pm contest at Lingfield promises to be a tight affair with all of these tightly bunched on the ratings. Our race preview picks out a filly on the up from a powerful yard who could be very hard to peg back on her 4th career start. See our betting tips below.
IN SUMMARY: There is only 3lb’s separating all of these on ratings so this will be a tight affair. However, RED BOX stands out and is taken to add another victory to her collection. The lightly raced filly has been improving with every run, and her latest run was in listed company where she was a beaten favourite. However she is taken to beat Afjaan who is reappearing after a solid three year old season and will need to be on top form to beat the selection. The Warrior is more than capable of getting involved but is vulnerable to all the improvers around him as his limitations seem exposed.
1 AFJAAN – Has ran with great promise and her runs in 2015 on the All Weather were indeed impressive, and it would be no surprise that there was more to come. However, this isn’t the easiest race to reappear in and will need to be in top shape to beat the selection.
2 GOTHIC EMPIRE – Very easy victory latest at Yarmouth when drawing 8 lengths clear (7f, Good to Firm). However this is much tougher, but Daniel Muscutt’s claim takes off 3lbs (who he won under latest) which could be crucial. Dangerous to discount.
3 LINCOLN – Seems to be most comfortable off a fast pace in big fields, and only one of those things is possible, and the other isn’t assured. If drawing on any of his peak efforts he could be involved and his last effort can possibly be forgiven as it was over an inadequate trip (6f, Soft). Can’t back with too much confidence.
4 THE WARRIOR – Amanda Perrett is bang inform and her challenge can’t be discounted with any great confidence. Although recent efforts have been uninspiring, most recently at Newmarket (8f, Good to Firm), he has run some great races in the past and it is very possible that he will run another. Is very vulnerable to improvers however, but is shortlisted.
5 TAUREAN STAR – Ran a decent ran in the Britannia at Royal Ascot latest (8f, Soft) on ground that didn’t necessarily suit and is running for the inform yard of Michael Bell. Has time on his side and Louis Steward is a very useful claim, has to be respected on that basis and will most likely go close.
6 RED BOX – Ran a great race to finish 2nd in a listed race at Cartmel latest (7f, Good to Firm) and has solid claims on that basis alone. Partner this with the fact he is lightly raced and with a great yard and its easy to see why he is easy to fancy. Has improved with every run and will most likely do the same here, has a great chance to get his second win.
7 YEAH BABY YEAH – Can’t be totally dismissed on the basis of her good runs at Leicester (7f, Good to Firm) and most recently at Yarmouth when second (8f, Good to Firm). Possibility that she got stuck in the mud in the Sandringham (8f, Soft), however she will probably need a career best to take this on the basis of her very patchy record.