Alan Thompson starts his week in the chair with three selections from the All Weather finals at Lingfield Park on this Good Friday...
"Out of ten starts over course and distance, he has won five and came either second or third in the rest, and there is no doubt that Botti has had this race in mind for the six-year-old all along."
Marco Botti's charge has managed to take the Winter Derby Trial and the Winter Derby itself, Maverick Wave was a good second that day. He sets a very high standard for this race and holds most of the market leaders on form. He was second in this last year to the Grade 1 winning Tryster, but I am not sure there is anything of that class in the field today.
Grendisar also has an excellent record on the all-weather, particularly Lingfield. Out of ten starts over course and distance, he has won five and came either second or third in the rest, and there is no doubt that Botti has had this race in mind for the six-year-old all along. Hes short enough at 6/5 but I can't see anything beating him today.
I really like Roger Varian's colt Haalick in the last race of the day. He won here last time over seven furlongs and looked like he could appreciate this step up to a mile. He looks a very promising colt, what level he will reach only time will tell. Andrea Atzeni takes over the reins today and with a strong pace pretty much guaranteed, I can see Haalick being patiently ridden to pick them off on the run in.
The biggest threat appears to come from the Mark Johnston yard and Cape Speed who has won his last three races in good style and holds an entry for the 2000 Guineas. But for me, despite Cape Speed winning his last three races, he will have to step up again in this company to take this and I much prefer Haalick.
14:40 Lingfield - Anglophile @ 7.613/2 Exchange
I also like Anglophile in the long distance race; the Charlie Appleby horse has been the model of consistency, he hasn't finished outside the first two in his last nine starts, and only finished a head second in this contest 12 months ago. After more seconds at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton, the Godolphin runner claimed his third Lingfield win from five starts over this course and distance in January and he has been kept off the course since then in preparation for this Good Friday assignment.
His last three wins have all been at Lingfield, the last two over two miles. I think he is too big at 7.613/2 on the exchange and have backed him to get his head in front this time.
Back Anglophile @ 7.613/2 Exchange - 14:40 Lingfield
Alan Thompson 2016 P&L
Carried Forward +21.70 pts
Staked: 3 pts (including today's bet)
Returned: 0 pts
Overall Profit/Loss: + 18.70 pts