SPORTSWRITER (3.55) could well continue Charlie Appleby’s amazing recent run by landing the novice stakes at Lingfield.
Appleby has sent out five winners from his last six runners and Sportswriter almost added to that tally at Newcastle when beaten a nose by a well-touted Hugo Palmer newcomer, Morning Skye. He has another Godolphin youngster to beat in hat-trick seeking Beautiful Memory, but looks the pick in receipt of weight.
RELEVANT (5.25) has the assistance of Serena Brotherton in the amateur riders’ handicap and Stuart Williams’s filly will be very hard to knock out of the frame if repeating her course and distance second to Ed Dunlop’s Colourful Career at the end of December. Stall four is a good draw and there is a lot of dead wood in the line-up.
- Lingfield 3.55 – Sportswriter (13-8, McBookie, bet365)
- Lingfield 5.25 – Relevant ew (4-1, Paddy Power, Coral, bet365)
Johnb's Monday Tips
- Lingfield 2.50 – Merdon Castle (9-2, B
- Lingfield 3,25 – Retreive (14-1, P eachway 1/5 odds 1-2-3 NAP
- Lingfield 4.25 – In The Red (12-1, L ) eachway 1/5 odds 1-2-3-4 NB
Johnb says: “I would just like to remind everyone to check all your antepost bets for Cheltenham as yet again some bookies are classing these non-runners as losers.
“In this day and age this should never happen and the bookies aren’t doing enough to stop it from happening. There are some punters out there who will forget about them and we could be talking about bets totalling over £1m.”