Lingfield AW Championships Preview - 02/04/21

Lingfield (AW) - April 01 2021
Lingfield (AW) 13:00
5(4)
James Doyle

Ranch Hand

J:
 
James Doyle
T:
 
Andrew Balding
Age: 5
Weight: 9-5
OR: 106
Days: 20

The tricky 7-runner Marathon event kicks off AW Champions Day on Friday and we feel Andrew Balding’s Ranch Hand has the ability to serve it up to the market leader Rainbow Dreamer.

Last year’s Rose Bowl Stakes winner has 4lb to find on ratings however he is still improving as a 5-y-o and he beat two of these giving them 3lb on return at Chelmsford.

Bar the four year old in the race this is competed off level weights therefore he is better off from that clash and James Doyle is an interesting booking from the yard having had two wins and two places from 5 runners the past 12 months.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
22/09/22NMK16Gd9-54
12/06/21YOR14GF9-34
27/05/21SAN16Sft9-22
15/05/21NBY12GS9-04
02/04/21LIN16St9-51
Lingfield (AW) - April 01 2021
Lingfield (AW) 13:35
3(1)
Martin Harley

Indie Angel

J:
 
Martin Harley
T:
 
John & Thady Gosden
Age: 4
Weight: 9-0
OR: 103
Days: 155

Indie Angel is a better horse over 1m however she should get away with 7f in a race that lacks depth.

The 4-y-o grey filly won the Fleur De Lys Fillies' Stakes Stakes (Listed) here in October beating the likes of Lavender’s Blue and Ummalnar and that piece of form is by far the best on offer.

She is clear on ratings and as one of the younger horses in the race looks open to the most improvement this season.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/06/21ASC8GF9-01
02/05/21NMK9GF9-04
02/04/21LIN7St9-05
29/10/20LIN8St8-111
05/09/20ASC8Gd9-17
Lingfield (AW) - April 01 2021
Lingfield (AW) 14:10
5(12)
Hollie Doyle

Harry's Bar

J:
 
Hollie Doyle
T:
 
Adrian McGuinness
Age: 6
Weight: 9-5
OR: 106
Days: 21

Connections of Harry’s Bar would have been hoping for a better draw than stall 12 however this may result in a slight drift on the day which would make him a decent each-way bet with four places on offer.

The 6-y-o son of Exceed and Exceel was a prolific winner for James Fanshawe and his debut for Adrian McGuinness was arguably his best performance to date having beat multiple Group winner Speak In Colours by over 3l.

His latest efforts can be forgiven as the first came in the Riyadh Dirt Sprint where he simply failed to fire and he was giving away weight to a pair of comparably-rated horses last time out over 1m Dundalk.

He will be much more happier returned to 6f and it is notable Hollie rides him over a number of options.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
09/02/24DUN6St9-82
27/10/23DUN5St10-08
06/10/23DUN5St9-71
15/08/23DUN6St10-110
12/07/23DUN5St10-33
Lingfield (AW) - April 01 2021
Lingfield (AW) 14:45
5(7)
Hollie Doyle

Mighty Gurkha

J:
 
Hollie Doyle
T:
 
Archie Watson
Age: 3
Weight: 9-5
OR: 103
Days: 67

Clive Cox’s unexposed Dilligent Harry has been all the rage in the ante post betting for this race off the back of his eye-catching second here last time out but with the each-way value gone we are happy to oppose him at a short price.

He is still open to plenty of improvement however his bare form is definitely not the best in this race and Archie Watson’s Mighty Gurkha has an excellent record on the AW (4 runs 3 wins 1 second).

The early speed which this horse is capable of producing could still give Hollie Doyle the lead from stall 7 and once he is there he can take some pegging back.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
08/09/23KEM6St/Slw9-56
26/08/23RED6GF9-115
02/07/23WDR6GF10-23
17/06/23LEI6GF9-91
22/01/23NCS6St/Slw9-104
Lingfield (AW) - April 01 2021
Lingfield (AW) 15:15
2(2)
Silvestre De Sousa

Bangkok

J:
 
Silvestre De Sousa
T:
 
Andrew Balding
Age: 5
Weight: 9-5
OR: 111
Days: 41

The feature event at Lingfield on Friday is the All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes over 1m2f and Bangkok over the years looks to be a specialist round here.

The five year old has been a superstar for Andrew Balding over the years, landing races like Group Three Classic Trial and the Winter Derby Trial in back to back years.

This season he has been battling it out with Forest Of Dean and has beaten him on every occasion so a reverse of the form this time around would be a surprise.

Having landed the derby Trial over course and distance in February, the gelding then went to Riyadh for the Saudi Cup and finished a mid-field eighth behind winner Mishriff, who has since gone on to land the Group Dubai Sheema Classic.

Getting back to a track he handles well should see him back to his best.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
28/08/21WDR10GF9-104
24/07/21YOR10.5GF9-61
08/07/21NMK12GF9-64
07/05/21CHS10.5GS9-14
02/04/21LIN10St9-51
Lingfield (AW) - April 01 2021
Lingfield (AW) 15:45
6(2)
Jack Mitchell

Khuzaam

J:
 
Jack Mitchell
T:
 
Roger Varian
Age: 5
Weight: 9-5
OR: 109
Days: 29

We move on to the AW Mile in which we have two selections, with a win and each way selection with both horses looking to have huge chances but are at the other end of the betting.

The win selection is Roger Varian’s Khuzaam, who boasts admirable form figures despite having numerous injuries throughout his career.

Due to these issues the son of Kitten’s Joy is still lightly-raced for his age and they look to have him right this season with this being his fourth run since November which will be the most he has had in one campaign.

This should mean he is reaching peak fitness and if he is able to match some of his earlier form he will take all the beating from stall 2.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/12/23ABU8Gd9-016
11/03/23JEB5Fs9-110
10/02/23MEY5Gd9-09
26/03/22MEY6Gd9-07
27/02/22JEB5Fs9-01
Lingfield (AW) - April 01 2021
Lingfield (AW) 15:45
7(6)
Adam Kirby

Mission Boy

J:
 
Adam Kirby
T:
 
Marco Botti
Age: 5
Weight: 9-5
OR: 99
Days: 20

At an each-way price Mission Boy looks interesting with Adam Kirby in the saddle.

The yard won this race with a decent price back in 2015 and this son of Paco Bay faded over the extended 1m at Wolverhampton in the Lincoln trial.

On that evidence the slight decrease in trip on a more speedy track should see him take a step froward.

He was a Group horse in Italy and he hasn’t been with his new yard for long.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
22/12/23BHR7GF9-62
17/02/23BHR10Gd8-1317
04/02/23BHR11GF9-44
13/01/23BHR10Gd9-101
09/12/22BHR7Gd9-410
Lingfield (AW) - April 01 2021
Lingfield (AW) 16:15
5(6)
Thore Hammer Hansen

Magical Wish

J:
 
Thore Hammer Hansen
T:
 
Richard Hannon
Age: 5
Weight: 9-4
OR: 97
Days: 111

The final event of the afternoon at Lingfield on Friday is the Apprentice Handicap over seven furlongs and at a nice each way price Magical Wish for the inform Richard Hannon looks to have a big chance.

The five year old has been hit and miss on the all weather over the last year, having been consistent in July and August, but after that slightly fell off the boil.

However, the gelding was a course and distance winner last March which is a big thing at Lingfield and looks to have been given a break and saved to go well in this event.

His last run came at Newcastle over seven furlongs back in December where he was a good second behind a nice type for Ralph Beckett and if being fit enough looks a big player.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
28/10/22BHR8GF9-05
01/04/22BHR8GF9-06
18/02/22BHR7Gd9-116
05/02/22BHR9Gd9-118
28/01/22BHR8Gd9-61