SILVESTRE De Sousa goes to Lingfield this evening for one ride, HOLIDAY MAGIC (6.55) in a competitive mile handicap.
Mick Easterby has been a master planner for more years than I care to remember and Bosham landed some tasty wagers for the yard on Easterby’s last Lingfield sortie.
Holiday Magic has had one look at the track, running seventh in a hot handicap last April, but his mark has dropped 8lb in the interim. He used to be a bit of a tearaway and paid the penalty 12 months ago when trying to make all at a blistering gallop.
The grey is ridden a tad more conservatively these days and looked to have the race in the bag when hitting the front inside the final furlong at Southwell last time, only to be swallowed up by Hammer Gun’s remarkable late thrust having been tailed off.
Holiday Magic was ridden perfectly well by a 7lb claimer that day but having SDS in the saddle can make a vital difference. Clearly Mr Easterby feels the same way and stall two is perfect.
Hopefully there are no traffic problems as De Sousa rides Corazon Espinado in the 5.00 at nearby Epsom.
EMBLAZONED (7.25) is one for favourite backers in the 7f Novice Stakes.
John Gosden’s gelding found only Qaysar too strong on his debut at Kempton and the winner won at Newbury at the weekend off a 90 rating. That sets a good standard in maiden company.
I hesitate to put anything up at Perth as my jumps form last week was nothing short of criminal. Fortune favours the brave, or so they say, so here goes.
This hasn’t been a stellar season for Venetia Williams but she has been among the winners recently and LONGHOUSESIGNORA (2.00) can make the haul north pay off.
The six-year-old chased home David Pipe’s Miss Tynte in a similar contest at Ludlow earlier this month and the winner was sent off favourite for a stronger Class 2 contest at Ayr last week. Although only seventh to Naranja, penalised Miss Tynte didn’t appear to stay the longer 3m distance and this race looks a bit easier for Longhousesignora.
Jacqui Stephen could strike for Scotland in the curtain-raiser in which she saddles LOVELY SCHTUFF (1.30).
The gelding ran very well at Carlisle, leading before the home turn and only giving way on the run to the last flight behind Going Gold and Donna’s Delight. There are a couple of better-fancied southern raiders to help make the market and Lovely Schtuff is my idea of a solid each-way punt.
Old boy JET MASTER (3.10) returns to action in the 3m handicap chase following a 101-day break.
Nick Alexander’s gelding was beaten less than a length by Beeves and Cultram Abbey in this race last year and is now 3lb lower. The ground was riding good last April but today’s much deeper surface will suit Jet Master, a winner here over hurdles last September on heavy. Again, there are stronger-fancied rivals in the line-up, so he’ll go off at attractive each-way odds.