Through The Card: Lingfield, Monday December 28

There's a good-quality card at Lingfield on Monday
There's a good-quality card at Lingfield on Monday

Timeform take you through the card at Lingfield on Bank Holiday Monday, highlighting the best bets and a suggested Placepot permutation.

"Given we've used a couple of lines in three of the four previous races, we'll bank on him and hope for the best - actually it may also be worth having a win bet on him..."

12:05- With our first two choices, Blackthorn Stick and Tellovoi, both non-runners this seven-furlong is actually now harder to solve despite the smaller field. Polar Kite has run well to finish runner-up over C&D on his last two starts and is probably worth including in our placepot (his run style means he's always a hostage to fortune and therefore isn't one for win purposes), and we'll also take Black Truffle who is ridden by George Baker for the first time having been partnered by an apprentice on 11 of his last 12 outings (admittedly he's won three times during that period).

12:40- Eight-runner maidens are probably the bane of most placepot players' lives as one non-runner could change the race significantly. That isn't really a concern in this case as Bernie's Boy's form is pretty strong (finished ahead of subsequent Racing Post Trophy winner Marcel on his second start (admittedly with the benefit of experience) and he should take all the beating, especially with some of the others having their qualifying runs for handicaps.

13:15- This is tricky, and it's probably worth just playing it with a straight bat and taking the first two in the market, Illegally Blonde and Threebagsue, in our placepot perm. Illegally Blonde was left with too much ground to make up in the closing stages over 6f here last time and shapes as though there could be a bigger performance still in her, especially now stepping up to 7f.

13:50- Wakea is entitled to be sharper following his return from a break, but he doesn't look the safest placepot conveyance and this could be where we make our money. The consistent pair of Handiwork and Percy Veer look the best options, with Handiwork also looking overpriced in the win market at around 13.012/1 with the possibility that the switch from cheekpieces (which he's wore on his last seven outings, for a win and six in-the-frame efforts) to a visor could eke out some more improvement.

14:25- There are several to consider in this competitive handicap, but the vote goes to Crazy Chic as there was nothing wrong with the form of his two wins (including here) in the autumn and he took a step back in the right direction when fifth to Certificate her last time, in spite of how things developed and shaping as if worth a try at this 1m. Given we've used a couple of lines in three of the four previous races, we'll bank on him and hope for the best - actually it may also be worth having a win bet on him given he shouldn't be as big as 7.613/2.

15:00- A seven-runner maiden (!) and not an easy decision given the first three horses in the betting are all ones you'd generally look to take on. If we've got this far, we don't want to go out trying to be clever so we'll have to take two, and Mr Quicksilver and Perfect Fit have stronger form than Miro.

Recommended Bets:
1pt win Handiwork @ 13.012/1 in the 13:50
1pt win Crazy Chic @ 7.613/2 in the 14:25

Recommended Placepot perm:
12:05- 2, 6
12:40- 1
13:15- 1, 5
13:50- 7, 9
14:25- 4
15:00- 5, 8
= 16 lines

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