The action gets underway at Lingfield on the polytrack with a Class 6 Handicap over seven-furlongs.
Santiburi Spring was narrowly defeated at Kempton last time and is able to run off the same mark of 62. She probably had the run of the race that day but couldn’t quite get on terms with the winner Willsy. This will be only her fifth run, so she could have more improvement to come. The draw in stall 12 would be a bit of a worry for her here.
John Quinn’s More Kudos ran well on the back of a four-months to finish third behind Israfel. The front two that day had the track position plus this son of Exchange Rate was forced wide down the straight. He looked a little keen too early but that run should have him right for this race. The draw in stall isn’t ideal, as the last two renewals of this race nothing above stall eight have hit the frame. However he is still unexposed and has more to offer.
Kristoff was ahead of More Kudos at Wolverhampton but struggles to win. Jim Boyle’s charge made all here three starts ago but was headed late on to finish second and it was similar at Wolverhampton. His latest effort was over six-furlongs when fourth at Kempton. Rhiain Ingram knows how to get the best out of him and is back in the saddle but I’m slightly surprised that headgear hasn’t been applied.
One other to mention is Richard Fahey’s Inaam. The trainer won this race last year with Birkdale Boy and his charge here has to be considered. A winner two starts ago at Wolverhampton and wasn’t beaten by far off his revised mark last time. He has form ties with Kemsing, who won yesterday, so should be thereabouts.
More Kudos (E/W if 9/2+)
We take a trip north of the border to take in a Maiden Hurdle over two-miles-three-furlongs where Impulsive American may prove to be a warm order.
The David Pipe four-year-old receives plenty of weight due to the weight for age. He was third in a good Novices’ Hurdle at this track just ten-days ago and the drying ground will play to his strengths. However the extra three-furlongs isn’t something that he looked to want. He still looks a little unfurnished but is likely to be better for that experience. It could prove to be bold but I’m looking to take him on.
Emperor Sakhee fell at the fourth hurdle in his first experience over obstacles. That Maiden Hurdle had a smart winner in Big Chief Benny, who is worth watching. We didn’t learn much about him that day but this race is easier than what he was up against that day and has to be considered with his bumper form coming on good ground.
Donald McCain’s yard has turned a corner of late and he saddles Rolling Thunder in Trevor Hemmings’ colours. This six-year-old won a point-to-point last March, so has stamina plus on his bumper debut ran nicely against a good type in Tomngerry. He was pulled up on his hurdles debut at Wetherby when last seen but the heavy ground is likely to have unsuited this son of Cloudings. The trip and ground tick the boxes, so he is the play.
Brian Boranha has this run to get a mark and is worth watching. He was a good third to Ben Pauling’s Cyrius Moriviere last time over two-miles. He was staying on in the closing stages, so the step-up in trip could bring him into the equation.
Rolling Thunder (E/W)
We remain at the Scottish track to take in their Handicap Hurdle where No Ceiling looks the one they all have to beat.
Ian Williams’ runner is well treated on the back of a six-length win in a Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle just six-days ago. He is able to run here without a penalty plus jockey Toby Wheeler can claim his full ten-pound claim giving him plenty of appeal in this race. Also he wore the hood for the first time when winning at Doncaster and that may not have the same effect here.
Danceintothelight won over this trip two starts ago. You can forgive his last run back down to two-miles as it is one that doesn’t suit this son of Dansili. He is nine-pounds for that Catterick win and has to shoulder top weight here. He has had four runs at this track and only placed once – with the majority of his wins at Catterick he may just prefer going left-handed.
Snowed In has gone up four-pound for his second to Almost Gemini four-weeks ago over this course and distance. He is possibly one that would require a strong gallop. He’ll be settled in towards the rear and will be staying on late.
The one that catches my eye is Crinkle Crags. Nicky Richards has had a quiet spell of late but his last three runners have form of 1F1 with a winner yesterday at Ayr. The faller Looking Well seemed to be going well in his race before making a novicey error at a fence. This six-year-old looks to well handicapped on prior form. His only win came last March off a pound lower mark. The ground and trip will be all in his favour. He’s a lovely looking horse and if getting into a good rhythm could reward punters here.
Crinkle Crags (E/W)