Alan Thompson returns to the tipping chair with two selections from the All Weather Championships day at Lingfield...
"Kachy followed up his handicap victory here by landing the Listed Betway Cleves Stakes last month, he clearly loves the track"
Tom Dascombe's charge Kachy has put in two good performances over course and distance the last twice here, he followed up his handicap victory, where he broke the course and distance record, by landing the Listed Betway Cleves Stakes last month under a great ride from stable jockey Richard Kingscote. That is clearly the best form on display here and he obviously loves the track. He has had to do it from stall nine and stall 11 here so far this season so being drawn in stall five today will only enhance his chances, both jockey and trainer have commented on how all four of his wins have come going around a left handed turn - "He just appears to enjoy going left-handed. His best runs have been against the left rail at Goodwood, Chester, where he won as a three-year-old, and more recently Lingfield."
Last years winner Kimberella was only a short head behind Kachy in that listed race but Kimberella was drawn much more favorably that day. Kachy had to come from stall 11, while Kimberella was drawn in five, this time around Tom Dascombe's runner is drawn much better in five, I don't see Kimberella reversing the placings today.
This looks a cracking renewal of the Class 2 Fillies & Mares Stakes but the one that catches my eye most is Zest in the distinctive colours of the Elite Racing Club. She was a winner here last time out over a mile where she got the measure of Summer Icon as we all as Carolinae and Bint Dandy. Although she hasn't won over any trip less than a mile, today's seven furlongs doesn't worry me given the strong pace that will be on display and she can use her extra stamina to full effect at the business end of the race.
The biggest danger looks to come from the William Haggis trained Diagnostic the grey filly completed a hat-trick last season at Chelmsford City and was unsuited by tactical affairs the last twice in small fields. She will be far better suited here with the stronger pace on offer, she is lightly raced and open to improvement. However, this is her first run at the track and today I prefer to go with the course experience of Zest but she could easily be the class act in the field and is a major threat.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +5.25 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 0 pts
Returned: 0 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts