Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 11:15 02/02/2015
With Musselburgh abandoned, Monday's horse racing is restricted to the All-Weather meetings from Lingfield and Wolverhampton. Coup De Grace looks set to go off a warm favourite in the Class 5 32Red com Handicap at 2.15 Lingfield and can justify his place at the head of the market.
The 9/4 chance with bet365 was not at his best when last seen on the level, but judging by a gallant second of nine in a handicap hurdle at Sandown Park in December, the bay gelding has to be take seriously here. The versatile 6-year-old has All-Weather form in the shape of two wins at Kempton, both of which came at around this time of year including the latest success under today's jockey Shane Kelly.
The bay gelding has been in good heart since being sent hurdling, finishing in the frame over 2 miles, 4 furlongs at Ascot and was still in the mix at the business end when fourth from a field of nineteen at Cheltenham in November. The Pat Phelan-trained horse was then denied by a neck over a trip of 2 miles, 1 furlong when last seen at Sandown and those recent perfomances over timber suggest that there are no doubts about seeing out the 1m7f 169yds trip today.
Gimme Five may attract support following a success at Wolverhampton last time, but this looks a tougher race. Investissement steps back up in trip after a tame effort at this venue 10 days ago, while Hi Note could be well handicapped if going well fresh and may follow the selection home.