Lingfield Park

  • 15:30 Marriott Hotel Opening Spring 2010 Handicap7f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 27.49s
  • Off time: 15:30:18
15:30 Lingfield Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Prince Of Thebes (IRE) 9/2
2nd Jake The Snake (IRE) 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 113-187 Black, Orange star, hooped sleeves and star on cap Spinning Bailiwick 5
Course WinnerDistance Winner
4 9-4 G L Moore G Baker 80 8/19.00
2 (3) 16679-2 Royal Blue, Pink braces and armlets Halsion Chancer 9
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-3 J R Best M Halford (3) 79 11/43.75
3 (2) 5343-42 Royal Blue and Yellow (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Royal Blue cap Jake The Snake (IRE) 11
Course WinnerDistance Winner
9 9-2 A W Carroll Amy Baker (5) 78 9/43.25
4 (1) 38-2156 DARK BLUE, PINK Cross of Lorraine, sleeves and cap Prince Of Thebes (IRE) 19
Course WinnerDistance Winner
9 8-12 M J Attwater L Morris 74 9/25.50
5 (4) 4165-41 Royal Blue, White star, White sleeves, Royal Blue armlets, Red cap Billberry 26
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 8-7 t S C Williams Jack Mitchell 69 11/43.75

Verdict

Prince Of Thebes is the pace angle here but his best form is at further so we'll side with BILLBERRY ahead of Halsion Chancer. Stuart Williams' gelding is up just 2lbs for a game win last time. That was the grey's second course and distance win and as he's shown the pace to score over six he'll cope should this turn tactical, so in a race that is tricky to solve despite the low turnout he rates the most likely victor in our book. Prince Of Thebes made all to score over a mile at the track in January and we can expect similar tactics dropping back to seven. The nine-year-old remains fairly treated and has won over seven - albeit in 2005 - so the others will need to ensure he isn't allowed too much rope out in front. We feel he might need to go a gallop and that will set the race up for our selection and Halsion Chancer to swoop past late on. The last named made a pleasing return from a winter break when second last time and should improve for the extra furlong here. The gelding has scored over course and distance off this mark in the past and it's far from impossible to believe a repeat may happen. Jake The Snake coped well with the drop back to six furlongs last time whilst indicating a return to this trip would help, so whilst we feel he's a shade high in the weights there will be those that disagree. Spinning Bailiwick has done well over the past two months but her mark reflects that, so she looks held carrying top weight in this field and we'll return to Billberry.