Free race previews and betting tips for two of the weekend's best bets from Lingfield
With the start of the turf flat season almost upon us, closely followed by the Grand National, Lingfield hosts a competitive all weather card which has caught my eye.
William Haggas is a trainer rising steadily through the ranks thanks to his strong Newmarket team, and year on year he churns out the winners, often with improving immature sorts who go to bigger and better things as the season unfolds.
Two such horses leap off the page at me this weekend starting with ERTIJAAL (11/8 William Hill) who has his third ever race in the Listed Spring Cup at 3.15pm where he could go close to pulling off a bit of a surprise. A son of Oasis Dream out of a Seeking The Gold mare, the polytrack surface should not be an issue (he has been spotted working well on it at home), while his profile looks interesting enough with a first time out second to Toormore at Leicester (the stable’s newcomers invariably need their first run), with the winner taking two races since topped with the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh, so the form is way above average. Add in a six length maiden romp next time out and you can see why I feel they may have underestimated him here, and he certainly looks like a good prospect to me in this race before he moves up in class.
MOUNT SHAMSAN (11/4 Betfred) is a bit more of an unknown as an un-raced four year old, yet he is owned by Abdulla Al Khalifa who also owns decent handicapper Nautilus and to be fair, they rarely keep horses without good reason. Two years already of training fees at least suggest they feel he can win races or he would be off over hurdles somewhere by now, and they have found a maiden with precious little depth this afternoon that he wont need to be a world beater to take. I am wary (as mentioned) that the stables’ horses invariably improve for their first race, but he could be a decent price for that very reason. Today could yet be the time to catch him for the most profit.
3.15pm Lingfield – ERTIJAAL (WIN) (11/8 William Hill)
4.25pm Lingfield – MOUNT SHAMSAN (WIN) (11/4 Betfred)
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