Bets Of The Day: Hedger's stayer to come back from the wilderness at Lingfield

Chingachgook and Continuum hold chances on Thursday's card at Lingfield
Chingachgook and Continuum hold chances on Thursday's card at Lingfield

Alan rounds off his week in the Christmas tipping chair, and is hoping to sign off on a high note with a winner at Lingfield on Thursday...

"He hasn't scored since that win three years ago, but he was in some fairly hot affairs. He's had a bit of a spell in the wilderness, but in some races he was not suited by stop-start and muddling gallops."

Back Continuum @ 11.010/1 in the 13:45 at Lingfield

13:15 Lingfield - Back Chingachgook @ 6.05/1

With the postponement of Chepstow yesterday and planned inspections at Catterick and Leicester for Thursday, it seems wise to stick to the all-weather action at Lingfield - and I am hoping for plenty of improvement from Richard Fahey's Chingachgook.

He might have to be quite useful to win this, as the top two in the market in Zalshah and Ode To Autumn are rated 84 and 82 respectively. However, there was a lot of promise in Chingachgook's debut run at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, and Zalshah has a penalty to carry here.

The winner at Dunstall Park in the selection's first run was the 90-rated Jellmood, who showed a sharp turn of pace. Chingachgook travelled quite nicely into contention before a lack of experience caught him out - and he wasn't given a hard time of things afterwards. But it showed something about his ability that he moved quite nicely against a far more hardened rival - who subsequently finished second in a 0-95 handicap on Boxing Day.

That was probably a good race, with the second a costly Godolphin runner, and the sixth has come out to win too.

Given the expected improvement, a price of around 6.05/1 seems more than fair, for a horse who is bred to go a bit.


13:45 Lingfield - Back Continuum @ 11.010/1

At one stage in his career, Continuum was a fairly handy horse. That's probably not surprising giving his fairly illustrious Juddmonte pedigree.

These days he is operating at a lower level than the John Smith's Silver Cup victory at York back in 2014, a win that prompted talk of the Ebor or German St Leger.

He hasn't scored since that win three years ago, but he was in some fairly hot affairs. He's had a bit of a spell in the wilderness, but in some races he was not suited by stop-start and muddling gallops.

Continuum showed a bit more last time over 2m at Kempton, but again it was quite a messy race. He didn't run too badly at the same track prior to that outing in a much hotter contest behind Soldier In Action - and that was a far superior race than he'll tackle today.

With only two runs on the all-weather, he should be able to offer a bit more on this surface. After all, he's related to all-weather winners - including his full brother Passage Of Time.

The Peter Hedger-trained eight-year-old has slipped down to a nice mark with the visor replacing his hood and cheekpieces.


Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L

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Previous week: -6.62

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