A strong field of ten go to the post for the fifth race of the day at Lingfield on Tuesday, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: A ready C&D winner two starts ago, PINWOOD nearly made all on his latest start at Chelmsford over further off today’s mark and dropping back in trip should be much more to his liking. He can easily get to the lead from stall five if those are the preferred tactics and there should be much more to come from Adam West’s four year old who can improve sufficiently again today to take victory at the expense of Bamako Du Chatelet, who continues to run well at present.
1 BAMAKO DU CHATELET – Has been in brilliant form of late with two wins from his last five races, the latest of which coming at Wolverhampton three starts back (1m 4f, Std). Far from disgraced of this mark when last seen here over the two mile trip on Wednesday, beaten by a progressive type. Likely more to come with Adam Kirby retaining the ride and he cannot be taken lightly for Ian Williams, has to be respected as a main challenger today.
2 ATTAIN – Five wins here at Lingfield, with the latest of those coming on his penultimate start, gunning down General Hazard in the final strides over C&D in January. Raised 5lb, he wasn’t so good here up in trip last time out (1m 5f, Std), eased when no chance. Questions to answer now for Archie Watson, especially as he hasn’t won off a mark this high in the past. Dropping back in trip is likely to help and he has definite place claims, but he is vulnerable for win purposes off this mark.
3 AMANTO – One win from twenty under rules and although he ran well on his first start for Ali Stronge (formerly with Paul Nicholls) to finish fourth at Fontwell over hurdles, he was well beaten at Catterick last time out in the same discipline. First start on the flat since March 2016, where he was well beaten here over the two mile trip off today’s mark. He has the services of Tom Marquand which is a good jockey booking but he has a lot to prove at present and others make far more appeal.
4 PINWOOD – Comfortable victory over C&D on his penultimate start when winning by three lengths in January and despite a 6lb rise he was far from disgraced off of today’s mark when third at Chelmsford two weeks ago (2m, Std), nearly making all. The drop back to this trip is likely to suit and there should be much more to come from this four year for Adam West, who looks the likely winner if making any sort of improvement for John Egan. Has to be respected.
5 HANNAH JUST HANNAH – Two bumper wins in 2014 but has been a very mixed bag since then, making her all weather debut when fifth and well beaten at Kempton in January (1m 4f, Std). Huge amount needed today off of 67 and looks a very unlikely winner for Matthew Salaman, despite Jordan Uys taking off 5lb. Others are readily preferred.
6 LIGHT OF AIR – Went close on his latest start when second at Kempton earlier this month (1m 4f, Std), only beaten by a neck on that occasion. Up 3lb today in a stronger grade but if building upon that effort this lightly raced four year should be in the mix for Gary Moore, whose yard is going through a brilliant spell at present. George Baker takes the ride and he has to be respected, as going up in trip may well be what he needs today.
7 SHINING ROMEO – Finally notched up his second win under rules at Kempton on his latest start (1m 4f, Std), and has only been raised 2lb as a result. He does however go up in class and this extra furlong isn’t certain to suit him, which has to be of concern. Retains Luke Morris which is a plus and he has to be respected on the back of that effort, but there is likely to be on in this field just too strong for him today with all things considered.
8 MARSHALL AID – Still a maiden after fourteen attempts on the flat, though he has ran well the last twice, finishing second on both occasion. His latest second at Wolverhampton was one of his best so far (1m 5f, Std) and he is very interesting still on the same mark. Obviously, he needs more for win purposes and his overall record doesn’t help his claims, but he is fully entitled to be fighting for the place money and needs a second look.
9 MUNSARIM – Won at Kempton on his penultimate start in October (1m 3f, Std) when clinging on, but the rise in the weights and class at the same venue on his latest start found him out (1m 4f, Std) when last seen. Going up in grade and staying at this trip doesn’t look likely to suit him and he seems a very unlikely winner with everything considered, so is likely best left alone.
10 DYNAMO – Today’s conditions are fine for him but he’s been generally disappointing of late, finishing well beaten at both Wolverhampton and here in recent times. Seems to still be on quite a high mark at present and may just need the handicapper to help him further before he can return to winning ways. Other’s have much more obvious claims and cannot be recommended in this despite Nicola Currie taking off 7lb.