Through The Card: Lingfield, Saturday February 27

It's Winter Derby Day at Lingfield on Saturday
It's Winter Derby Day at Lingfield on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card on Winter Derby Day at Lingfield on Saturday.

"Current favourite Grecian King represents an in-form yard, but is perhaps one to take on based on his last effort..."

13:45 - The first is a real treat for Flat fans, and as the seasonal starting point for the likes of 2014 Prix de l'Abbaye winner Move In Time, and 2015's second Muthmir, it promises to be a high-quality renewal of this listed prize. Muthmir has won over six furlongs, but he is all about speed on turf, and has shown his best over the minimum trip. If he handles the polytrack at his first attempt, and provided he is fairly fit (bearing in mind his trainer has said this is a prep for Dubai), he should take all the beating here, and is worth including as the class act in the field. It is also worth including Take Cover, who was last seen winning at this level at Dundalk in October. He does not have Muthmir's class, but is proven on the surface, and connections may well have had this in mind for him for a while on the back of his first polytrack win. He is drawn in stall 10, but has enough early speed to hopefully take up a decent racing position.

14:15 - Ragner was unable to build on his promising debut - which came over C&D in January - last time, when possibly unsuited by the step up to 10 furlongs. His first run, where he finished second in front of a subsequent winner, still sets the standard here, and with a return to this trip a positive, he looks worth banking on in our second leg.

14:45 - It is easy to forgive Paddys Motorbike his last effort, where he was stepped up to a trip that he is not bred to stay and was overly keen throughout. Prior to that, he had looked one to follow when winning over this trip at Wolverhampton, and with a bit of pace on again in this race, he should go close. Latin Charm should appreciate the return to 12 furlongs - the trip he last won over - after probably needing the run at Chelmsford last time out.

15:20 - Market leaders Festive Fare and Grendisar met here in the trial for this race three weeks ago, and they look the pair to concentrate on first. Grendisar came out on top that day, and is fancied to do so again here, considering that Festive Fare, not for the first time, didn't look the most straightforward under pressure. There is a possibility that Maverick Wave could get loose on the front end here, with no direct competition for the lead, and he could be one to consider at a bigger price, provided a three-month break has freshened him up.

15:55 - Plenty of these look just averagely treated, and the hat-trick seeking Abbey Angel could be the way to go, after producing a career-best effort when winning at Wolverhampton last time. She was well positioned that day and will have to improve again to defy a 4 lb higher mark, but she is now two from four on the all-weather, and is clearly thriving this winter. The unknown in the race is the outsider Anonymous John, who has not raced at a mile for some time, but is good enough to get involved if able to run to produce his best over this longer trip.

16:30 - Current favourite Grecian King represents an in-form yard, but is perhaps one to take on based on his last effort, where he seemed to go markedly backwards from his debut and hung in the latter stages. It is hard to find a solid option to take him on with, but Lady Lloyd ran right up to her best on debut for her new yard here last time over six furlongs, and could potentially have a little more to offer if getting the lead again under Adam Kirby.

Recommended bets:
Back Maverick Wave to win in the 15:20
Back Lady Lloyd to win in the 16:30

Placepot permutation:
13:45 - 1,5
14:15 - 5
14:45 - 4,9
15:20 - 6,7
15:55 - 2,7
16:30 - 5
= 16 lines

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