Lingfield Placepot: Friday February 28

Lingfield plays host to racing on Friday.

Timeform's Matt Gardner tackles the Placepot at Lingfield...

"Desert Strike is at his best around this track and, having shaped better than the bare result indicates on his last couple of starts, looks well worth having on side..."

13:30 - The ideal starting point in the opening leg appears to be Barbary, who took a step forward on debut for this yard when scoring here over seven furlongs last week. The step up to a mile ought to pose no problems and he seems sure to go well once more. It's also worth sticking in Whispering Star, who has been given a lowly opening mark now taking to handicaps and isn't one to write off, particularly when taking into account both her pedigree and sales price.

14:00 - No points for originality in this seller but ten out of ten for safety, with the two selections being Officer In Command and Saharia. They're both forces at this level and, though short in the market, it's a bit risky to bank on just one of them with only two places on offer.

14:30 - Conserve is fully exposed and vulnerable to anything mildly progressive but none of her opposition appear to fit the bill, and she could well finally get off the mark here.

15:00 - Desert Strike is at his best around this track and, having shaped better than the bare result indicates on his last couple of starts, looks well worth having on side in this competitive sprint. There looks to be plenty of pace on which may favour Profile Star, and he goes in as the second selection. The five-year-old hinted at a revival on just his second start for this yard at Kempton last time and could get back on track.

15:35 - This is a really good minor event in which it's possible to make a case for most, with the two selections being Steventon Star and Ben Hall. The first mentioned, formerly trained by Richard Hannon, produced a career best when last seen at Wolverhampton in December and has every chance here if returning in similar form, whilst Ben Hall showed pretty useful form on a couple of occasions last season and could easily bounce back on his polytrack debut.

16:10 - A fairly straightforward conclusion to the permutation courtesy of Welsh Sunrise, who made the perfect start for this yard at Kempton last month and followed up in good style there last time. He's thriving and should take plenty of beating in this.

Selections:
13:30 - 3, 7
14:00 - 2, 3
14:30 - 8
15:00 - 3, 4
15:35 - 2, 4
16:10 - 7
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