AT EASE (11.35) can capitalise on what appears a lenient opening handicap mark at Lingfield Park.
The Charlie Hills-trained three-year-old has only her third career start in this mile fillies' handicap and there was plenty to like about her previous outing at Chelmsford City when outpointing odds-on Mars Landing. Sir Michael Stoute's runner-up was racing off a mark of 84, so At Ease is potentially well treated on a perch of 74. Stall nine is not ideal but At Ease has made the running on both outings, so I expect she'll be ridden to grab an early position.
SHEILA (2.55) had almost two lengths in hand of Sacre Bleu when winning at Chelmsford City in September and although she could manage only third on a return visit to the Essex track last month, it was still a creditable effort behind Dutch Painting. Hugo Palmer's filly likes to race prominently, so she will almost certainly press forward from an awkward gate position in stall 11.
THIRD WIND (2.25) can reward an each-way punt in the 19-runner Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle over three miles at Haydock. The gelding ran fourth to Sire Du Berlais in the Pertemps Network Final at Cheltenham off the same mark and he will be cherry-ripe following his fifth on comeback to Dell’ Arca at Newbury. The ground rode good that day but all Third Wind’s four career victories have come on soft/heavy.
Imperial Alcazar was a smart novice last season and should go well, along with Irish challenger The Jam Man in a wide-open affair.
The 2m 2f handicap hurdle has attracted 17 runners and KID COMMANDO (1.50) may be the one to beat. Anthony Honeyball has his stable in great nick and Kid Commando made all to score with a bit in hand from Malaya and Scaramanga in a Listed contest at Ascot three weeks ago.
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