Surfing The Sand

Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft landed a Fast Track Qualifier double in midweek and turns his spotlight on the two feature races at Lingfield Park on Saturday.

  • Thursday 09 January
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Eve Johnson Houghton’s old warrior GORING can add another notable success to his impressive CV in the Class 2 Bombardier Golden Beer Handicap (2.00) at Lingfield Park on Saturday.

Winner of the apprentice handicap on Finals Day last year, the eight-year-old returns on the back of a solid handicap second over course and distance at the Surrey track last week.

He beat all but Wednesday’s Fast Track Qualifier winner Another Touch off this mark, conceding 4lb to Richard Fahey’s star but only getting reeled in late in the game.

Red Mist hasn’t raced since finishing third in a Class 2 handicap at Ripon last May but Simon Crisford’s frontrunner has winning form on Polytrack, scoring on his only All-Weather start at Kempton Park.

However, his lack of match sharpness may well leave him vulnerable in the finish in his attempt of to give weight all-round.


FIZZY FEET was all dressed up with nowhere to go at Lingfield Park last time, but compensation may await in the Betway Handicap (1.25) at Lingfield Park on Saturday.

She would have made a bold bid for victory but for being repeatedly denied a clear run in a 6f sprint won by this weekend’s rival Lady Dancealot at the end of December.

Despite finishing a luckless fourth, David Loughnane’s filly at least showed she can be competitive off a higher mark than she won off over course and distance previously and will hopefully make sufficient use of her plum draw in stall one.

David Elsworth’s Lady Dancealot came from further back than Fizzy Feet but enjoyed a more straightforward passage. She resumes off only a 2lb higher mark but may be hard pressed to confirm the form if her rival sees daylight.

Charming Kid is dangerously well handicapped and better can be expected now he has got a comeback run under his girth. He was too keen for his own good over course and distance last week so was predictably running on empty inside the final furlong.

A 3lb concession should make him more competitive and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him hit the frame on only his second start for Dean Ivory.



Richard Fahey’s four-year-old hadn’t run since October 2018 until taking on some smart handicappers over 7f at Newcastle on Wednesday but overcame a troubled passage to finish on the front foot in fourth. Now gelded, he came home with plenty in the tank and can be placed to optimum effect by his excellent trainer in the coming weeks.


Mark Johnston’s gelding has twice come from another parish to finish well over 1m on sand, firstly behind subsequent Fast Track Qualifier winner Another Touch at Chelmsford City and again at Southwell on Tuesday. He may not be the most straightforward but is unexposed on sand and there’s a key to him, possibly over a longer trip on a galloping track.


A 200,000 gns foal by Derby winner Golden Horn, he made a promising debut in a 7f novice stakes at Newcastle in midweek. Racing wide, Charlie Fellowes’s colt didn’t get a good sight of the winner’s strong, stands side challenge but plugged on well to beat a previous winner. He will appreciate further in due course and can win a novice race en route to better things.


David Loughnane’s 3YO came back from a lay-off to post a smart effort over 9.5f at Wolverhampton on Monday, ruining on well to eat into the advantage of winning favourite Bee Able. That was his first start for the yard after leaving Tom Dascombe and he can capitalise on a mark in the mid-60s over this kind of trip.

Surfing The Sand

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