Teaplanter looks at the staying handicap at Lingfield on Friday and fancies a 5/1 shot against the Sir Mark Prescott trained favourite.
Lingfield 7:50 - Chesil Beach
There is a lot of quality racing on Friday, but with the very heavy rain in the London area and question marks about how it will get into the ground at Ascot and to a lesser extent Newmarket, we are happy to watch these races and use them as a guide for Saturday, rather than get financially involved.
The one race that does interest us today is at Lingfield and is the Lingfield Equine Vets Handicap over 1m7f. Sir Mark Prescott saddles Windshield in this contest and this daughter of Montjeu is attempting to build on a last time out win over this course, when she defeated Rock of Leon and Chesil Beach over 2 furlongs shorter than today's distance. She has only been raised 4lb and with 3 other entries over the coming days, the indications are that her trainer thinks she may be quite a well handicapped filly and he will try and win a few races before she is reassessed. However she did not appeal as a filly with much in hand of the handicapper last time and it is questionable as to whether the additional 2 furlongs will bring about much improvement from her. At 15/8, she looks short enough and our preference is for the 3rd in that contest last time, the Andrew Balding trained Chesil Beach.
This daughter of Phoenix Reach is also very lightly raced and has only run 6 times in her career, with only one of them coming as a 2 year old. She has been gradually improving as she steps up in trip and she looked to have been given a lot to do by Rob Hornby last time. It took a little while for him to get her organised as they approached the straight, but when he eventually gave her a clear run, she stayed on very nicely under what was a sympathetic hands and heels ride.
She has stronger handling today with David Probert taking over and is better off at the weights, if we ignore the 7lb claimed by Rob Hornby last time, which is clearly needed for this rider at present. The step up in trip of 2 furlongs also looks to be in her favour .
Underwritten could well prove to be the main danger, as he has really found form for Shaun Harris, but Chesil Beach looked a filly that may well have plenty of improvement in her over these marathon distances and is worth siding with at 5/1.