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At 12:25 at Lingfield, trainer Alice Haynes has a 38% strike rate when running horses first time after a gelding operation and today saddles Resilient Power 15.014/1, who could be interesting.
At 12:55 at Lingfield, trainer duo Simon and Ed Crisford have a 40% strike rate with first-time-out two-year-olds at this venue (4-10). They saddle Night Of Thunder Filly Choisya 9.08/1.
Trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Harry Cobden have a 28% strike rate at Haydock when partnering. Today they have Quel Destin 6.05/1 at 14:07 attempting to take on the smart Beauport 1.84/5.
At 15:37 at Haydock, Djelo 1.75/7 turns out under a penalty after scoring in a hack canter Exeter seven days ago and is due to go up to a rating of 134 from today's 121.
In the 17:00 at Dundalk, trainer Henry De Bromhead has had a 40% strike rate at this venue in the last five years when jockey Billy Lee rides his horses. Today they partner with Tourgar Raude 9.517/2.
At 19:20 at Kempton, Pistoletto 8.07/1 has won his only start in Class 4 company on the AW and today returns to that grade.
Horses for courses
This section highlights the best bets from horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks.
11.25 Lingfield - Healing Power - Has won here twice (40%)
15:07 Haydock - Blacklion - Has won here three times (42%)
19:20 Kempton - Uzincso - Has won here six times (35%)
Weighted to go well
"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
11.25 Lingfield - Starshiba - Has won off 82 runs off 69
14:55 Lingfield - Mummy's Boy - Has won off 66 runs off 56
15:25 Lingfield - Youllovemewheniwin - Has won off 63 runs off 50
Today's furthest traveller is trainer Keith Dalgleish who has made the 413-mile journey with his sole runner on the Lingfield Card in Chichester 5.04/1 at 14:25. Chichester looks for back-to-back wins after scoring for this column at Chelmsford and has built a good record on the AW, having finished inside the first three on eight of his nine starts.
Race of the day
The Veteran's Chase at 15:07 at Haydock is today's feature race and an intriguing contest in stamina-sapping conditions.
Coo Star Sivola has moved to Venetia Williams' from Nick Williams - the owners did the same thing with Dentley De Mee, who went agonisingly close off of a similar layoff as today's runner on his first start for the yard. Still, the now ten-year-old has not won since scoring in the Ultima Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival in 2018. There's little to recommend him, although he is majorly respected in this company, and his master trainer will have him cherry ripe here.
Black Lion is the grand old age of 13 and won this race in emphatic style last season. It's a big ask for him to repeat that effort, although he has won here three times during his career. It did look as though the spark that lit the flame from last year was firmly out at Bangor on his latest outing.
Chambard is Venetia Williams' second runner, and the Kim Muir winner makes his seasonal return under regular rider Lucy Turner who claims five. He was highly progressive last term and had a good record fresh. He ticks plenty of boxes and is lightly raced for a ten-year-old, having had just 11 starts over fences, and nine of those he has finished in the first two. He is technically the younger legs in this contest and makes plenty of appeal.
Big race verdict
This can go to Venetia Williams, who targetted this race last year, but Chambard is preferred of her two runners here. There are lots to like about his chances, and he could easily still improve in this sphere. He gets the vote of confidence over stablemate Coo Star Sivola.
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Plenty of performances to pick out from the weekend's action that caught the eye. Constitution Hill was excellent, although watching the race back without the commentary will calm people down a bit. Mark Johnston is an excellent commentator, but he gets overexcited about a three-length win at Market Rasen on a Monday, so watching back without someone else's voice telling you how good it is, is usually a good move.
L'Homme Presse was excellent, although I got less excited than some. Weight-carrying performances are overrated.
Grangeclare West was outstanding, however! Check out the Cheltenham Focus for all things him and every other performance from the weekend.
Unfortunately, I am off to a funeral today, so if you don't see my presence on social media for a few days, that would be why.
Until tomorrow, be lucky.
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