HAGGAS POISED FOR LISTED HAT-TRICK AT LINGFIELD
William Haggas can win Thursday’s Listed Fast Track Qualifier at Lingfield Park for the third year in a row.
His filly MOVE SWIFTLY boasts strong credentials in her quest to emulate dual winner Muffri’Ha in the Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost EBF Fleur De Lys Stakes (2.35) over 1m.
The improving three-year-old receives weight from her older rivals yet boasts the best rating as she stakes her claim for a place in the £150,000 Fillies and Mares Final over a furlong shorter on Good Friday.
Move Swiftly has already proven her credentials on synthetic surfaces, having won at Chelmsford City and Wolverhampton. Since then the daughter of Farhh has taken her form to a higher level, winning a 1m handicap at Glorious Goodwood before going close in even better grade races at York and Newmarket.
James Doyle’s mount is a strong traveller who likes to attack from off the pace so a wide draw in stall nine shouldn’t be an issue, just as it wasn’t when he executed victory on Muffri’Ha - a similar hold-up performer - from stall 11 last year.
Among the main contenders is Ralph Beckett’s progressive filly Akvavera, who makes her All-Weather debut following back-to-back wins over 1m at Sandown and Epsom in September. That most recent success proves her ability to handle a downhill run into a bend, but she has 12lb to find with my selection.
Castle Hill Cassie won a Listed race at Pontefract in the summer but is penalised for that success. She has won twice on the All-Weather at Newcastle and her trainer Ben Haslam believes she is well equipped to handle this much sharper track.
Also respected is Lucymai, winner of seven of her 23 starts on the All-Weather. Her best form has been achieved over 7f, however, including when third in last season’s Fillies and Mares Final.
SONG CAN CALL THE TUNE IN LISTED RIVER EDEN
John Gosden has been patient with the well related STREAM SONG, who can gain some vital Black Type by winning the Ladbrokes Bet £5 Get £20 EBF River Eden Fillies’ Stakes (3.05) at Lingfield Park on Thursday.
This half-sister to Gosden’s Group 1 winner Journey was considered a possible Oaks filly in the spring but didn’t run again for almost five months after disappointing in a Listed trial at Newbury.
However, the 90-rated three-year-old returned to action with a robust effort in a 1m4f Fillies’ handicap at Newmarket earlier this month and looks set to relish the extra distance under the reliable Robert Havlin.
Stream Song’s rating looks plenty strong enough to give her a winning chance in an ordinary renewal, possibly at the expense of William Haggas’s Dramatic Queen, who was declared to run in a Kempton handicap on Wednesday evening.
If she heads to Lingfield instead, the daughter of Kitten’s Joy will warrant serious consideration on the form of her Listed second in the Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket in July. She has never raced on the All-Weather but is a half-sister to a Polytrack winner.
Sir Mark Prescott’s prolific Altra Vita is another contender. This 2m Newcastle winner will need a strong gallop to show her best while Law Girl is a rare All-Weather runner for Ireland’s champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins.
She has only run on an artificial surface once, as an inexperienced three-year-old when trained in France, but comes into the equation on the strength of her 1m4f handicap win at Gowran Park and her near miss in a valuable Leopardstown handicap over this trip last month.
O’MEARA HOLDS KEY TO FEATURE HANDICAP
Yorkshire trainer David O’Meara could hold the key to the Class 2 sunracing.co.uk Handicap (2.00) at Lingfield Park on Thursday.
He saddles trailblazing top weight Salateen and improving four-year-old AREEN HEART, who receives weight from all of his rivals.
The former is drawn to attack in stall 2 and may just set this up for his stable companion, whose recent All-Weather form suggests he can progress into a Mile Final contender.
Areen Heart - also proven over 1m on turf - dominated a course and distance handicap last month before overcoming traffic problems to finish third behind the potentially smart Mizaah in a hot 7f handicap at Chelmsford City.
With regular partner Martin Harley unable to do the weight (he rides Salateen), O’Meara has enlisted the services of champion apprentice Jason Watson, who should be able to adopt a stalking position from his draw in stall 5.
Veteran Kimberella loves Lingfield. He took the 2017 Sprint Final and has won at Listed level on turf this year. Richard Fahey’s evergreen eight-year-old gets 7f well and Connor Murtagh’s 5lb claim puts him right in the mix, but the weight the unexposed Areen Heart receives can give him the vital edge.
2.00 LINGFIELD PARK, THURSDAY
2.35 LINGFIELD PARK, THURSDAY
MOVE SWIFTLY (Nap)
3.05 LINGFIELD PARK, THURSDAY