Tony McFadden heads to Lingfield's all-weather meeting this afternoon in an attempt to land the placepot...
Labienus shaped with real promise on debut, catching the eye in no uncertain terms as he made good late headway...
14:10 - Nothing really makes a solid case for inclusion in this Claimer, but there are plenty who we can firmly cross a line through. We reach our selections by virtue of them having less negatives than their rivals, as opposed to any great confidence in their ability. Augustinian has had fewer chances than most and shaped reasonably well when finishing fourth here on debut. Although subsequently disappointing at Kempton, Richard Hannon's two-year-old is given a chance to atone for that effort and makes the shortlist. Just Past Andover has to concede plenty of weight and comes into this contest on the back of two poor efforts, so, on the face of it, may seem like a strange selection. It is a selection, however, which highlights the lack of depth in this race and it is hoped that the experience Just Past Andover has accrued will help enable him to bag a place.
14:40 - Labienus shaped with real promise on debut, catching the eye in no uncertain terms as he made good late headway. His inexperience was evident at Sandown on that occasion and it would be a surprise were he not capable of significantly improving on the bare form of that effort. Such was the impression he created, we will bank on him to see us through to leg three.
15:10 - For placepot purposes, it can often pay to take on short-priced favourites, particularly in maidens where they are likely to be carrying a disproportionate amount of units. Having said that, Mashaari looks to be rock-solid and instead of taking him on we will bank on him. John Gosden's colt shook up talented stablemate Shantaram on his penultimate outing and, although tasting defeat as an even money favourite last time out, brings a level of form to this contest which should see him get off the mark.
15:40 - Scottish Vespers has achieved the most so far, but he has also displayed signs of temperament and the fact a visor is now reached for, having already been gelded, would suggest that there is a chance he might not be going the right way. We will take him on with a couple of interesting contenders. City of Canton boasts a decent pedigree and might be capable of improving on the form of his debut effort. He was reportedly very noisy before the race (a clear sign of inexperience) and, from a yard who often get horses to progress with racing, it would be no surprise were he to prove competitive here with the step up in trip sure to suit. Stunning View also boasts a top pedigree being a sister to Group 1 winning Rainbow View. She is nowhere near as forward as her illustrious sibling, but she looks the type to progress with experience and racing so makes the perm.
16:10 - David Lanigan's Tis Rock 'N' Roll is the obvious place to start, having made a smooth transition to handicap company, winning twice from three attempts since being sent handicapping. He suffered defeat on his penultimate start, but was back to winning ways last time, travelling well before quickening to the front to register an impressive victory. He is not the only unexposed and progressive type though, so we will add another selection in the hope of guaranteeing safe passage. Ryan Moore has a good record when teaming up with William Haggas and looks to be a positive booking for District Attorney, who is sporting blinkers for the first-time. The step up to a mile and a half could also be deemed a positive and he completes our team to see us through to the final leg.
16:40 - A tricky leg to close on, and we will rely on those carrying solid recent form to bag the top-three finish needed. Pharoh Jake has consistently come up just short, often running well despite never managing to get his head in front. He enters this race on the back of a credible effort and should continue to give a good account. Blueberry Fizz has bounced back to form since returning to the all-weather and if the drop back to five-furlongs doesn't prove too much of an inconvenience she should be right in the firing line.
14:10 - 1, 3
14:40 - 4
15:10 - 8
15:40 - 4, 9
16:10 - 3, 8
16:40 - 2, 8
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