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A couple of Yorkshire raiders in today's selections, as they head to the southern tracks in attempt for prize money. Also, Bollin Neil has everything in his favour for a big run in the feature at Catterick.
Lingfield isn't expecting a serious amount of rain from now till the start of racing, but with conditions already being described as Soft and heavy in places, it's going to be a slog out there. Pump It Up looks a solid contender, she carries a low weight, has a good jockey onboard and has gone close in recent runs, however at the current odds I think there's better value. INSIDE INTEL is a very interesting runner for North Yorkshire based trainer, Liam Bailey. This is Liam's first ever runner at the track, and he sends Inside Intel, and Quanah (runs later on the card) on a 10 hour round trip to Lingfield Park. The fact he sends this pair this far is a good indicator that he's expecting a big run, from either one of them, or both.
I've seen on a couple of websites stating that Inside Intel doesn't like the slow ground, but then they've contradicted themselves by saying her best form has come on a slow surface… I do think she handles the soft ground, and her pedigree suggests that she will handle the soft ground as well. She's ran a couple of nice races in the last couple of races, but she is probably best when she races over 10f-11f, rather than 12f+ like she has raced over recently. When she races over further, her stamina doesn't quite last out, and she does seem to tire.
There is a serious lack of pace in this race, so there is a good chance that Inside Intel get's an uncontested lead. She has raced from the front in the past, and has also done it recently. Pump It Up attempted to make the running lto but they gave up once she was headed in the 1st furlong.
Carrying top weight in the soft ground isn't ideal, so I think the jockey booking of promising 5lb claimer, Oliver Stammers, is the correct decision. Oliver is a capable rider, and he is totally worth his 5lb claim.
A horse who I have recently backed and did me plenty of favours, as he landed 3/3 on the day, was BOLLIN NEIL He's is a tougher race today than he has probably ever been in, but he's in great form and he loves this track.
Bollin Neil has met Let Me Be before, and he saw the backside of that horse, as Let Me Be won easily by 7.5 lengths. However, I don't think the result told the full story, as I do think Let Me Be did have the run of the race. He benefited from sitting close to the pace, and by the time he kicked on, Bollin Neil was stuck behind a few horses on the rail and by the time he got into top gear, the bird had flown. In a much smaller fielded race, I think that they are much closely matched than what it might appear, and I think Bollin Neil can come out on top with the low weight, track and ground conditions in his favour.
The other horses in the race obviously have chances, but Wise Eagle has to prove himself on soft ground. Stonific is arguably better on a faster surface, though he does handle the soft ground.
Ella McCain rides this track extremely well, operating at a 41% SR from 17 runs (7 wins) +29.33 to level stakes.
At the time of racing I'd expect the going to be on the slower side of good, and with not a lot of horses proven on that kind of surface I think SHALAA ASKER is the play in the race.
Adrian Keatley's 3yo gelding was extremely well backed last time at this track, going off at 2/1F, so connections were clearly expecting a big run. Though he didn't win, he still ran a decent enough race, but it's interesting that they've come back to this track, when the trainer is based in North Yorkshire; they must clearly think that the track will suit.
He handles the soft ground, shown when running well at Royal Ascot, finishing 3.75 lengths behind Significantly in 9th, which was on heavy ground. His other time of encountering a slow surface was when he finished 2nd on soft ground in a Class 3 at York.
The drop down in trip should suit, as his best form has come over 5f. The trainer has opted for the first-time cheekpieces, which will hopefully do the job.